Red Cross honors 13 Valley residents for courageous acts
By William K. Alcorn
Thirteen Mahoning and Trumbull county residents, including two Youngstown brothers, received American Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley Acts of Courage Awards.
Also during the Friday ceremony, Vallourec Star received the Red Cross 2013 Spirit of the Mahoning Valley Award for the company’s “commendable, constant and compassionate service in our local community. Vallourec Star has enriched the Mahoning Valley by its presence and commitment,” said Karen Conklin, Red Cross executive director.
The residents were recognized for their courageous acts in time of emergency, often at great risk to their own personal safety and well-being.
“These ordinary individuals acted in a heroic manner by reaching out to help others in times of greatest need. Tragedies were averted and lives were saved,” Conklin said.
The concept for the Real Heroes Awards grew out of a desire to develop a special event that is closely related to the humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross.
What better way to celebrate this spirit of humanitarianism than by honoring individuals who have shown courage, coolness and kindness during a time of emergency, Conklin said.
“Our heroes are good people who help because help can’t wait,” she said. “Others watch, they act. Our community is richer because of the quick thinking and immediate action of our heroes.”
The fundraising event was at the DeYor Performing Arts Center, 260 W. Federal St., downtown Youngstown.
For information on how to donate or become a Red Cross volunteer, call Conklin at 330-399-4669, ext. 114.