The American Red Cross will honor 13 local individuals who have demonstrated acts of heroism at their annual Heroes Breakfast next month. The honorees have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of others from caring for patients with HIV to being a champion of installing automatic external defibrillators on commuter trains. They helped homeless veterans find a place to live, fed the hungry in their community, increased blood donations and were able to save hundreds of elderly and disabled residents from evacuating a nursing home during a summer power outage.
Two of this year’s awards will be given posthumously; one to a Chicago firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty and the second to a pediatric physician who saved two children from a lake before he was pulled underwater and drowned.
The honorees will be recognized at the American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast on April 17 at the Fairmont Chicago, 200 N. Columbus Drive. To purchase tickets or for more information contact 312.729.6271 or visit www.redcross.org/chicago/heroes.