American Red Cross Recognizes Mansfield's Heroes

  • 10/4/2018 9:16:12 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - The first-ever American Red Cross Hero Awards for the Lake Erie / Heartland chapter of the Red Cross was held Thursday evening at the Renaissance Theater, celebrating local heroes from all over the community who help improve the lives of those around them or perform extraordinary acts of courage.

The event was sponsored by Graham Chevrolet of Mansfield and included a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner as performed by Miss Ohio, Matti-Lynn Chrisman. Before the honorees took the stage to receive their awards, a series of vignettes explaining each of the award winners' stories was played before the audience on the Renaissance Theater's movie screen. The vignettes were produced and filmed by Luke Beekman, who presented the awards with the Lake Erie / Heartland Red Cross Chapter's Executive Director, Lara Kiefer.

"A lot of the work that these heroes have done is exactly in line with the mission of the Red Cross," Kiefer said. "We're excited to be able to offer this in our community."

Several of the heroes who were honored at the event included Hunter Woodruff, a Mansfield resident who saved a man from a submerged car after an accident, and Tracy Dodson, who performed CPR on a stranger at the Wayne County Fair. Each of the nine award-winners was hand-picked by staff members at the Red Cross and evaluated by an outside panel, recognizing the individual qualities that make them exemplary members of the Mansfield community.

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