American Red Cross Announces 2010 Arkansas Heroes

LITTLE ROCK - The American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas is pleased to announce the 2010 Arkansas Heroes. Each honoree is a lifesaving hero recognized for their response to a call for help.

They will be honored during a celebration luncheon powered by Verizon, Wednesday, December 15th at the DoubleTree Hotel, Little Rock. The 2010 Arkansas Heroes are:

Medical/EMS Heroes- Stephen Thompson, David Buckheister and Bill Vier all with Metropolitan Emergency Medical System (MEMS).

Firefighter Heroes- Captain Danny Smith, Engineer Jacob Langford, Engineer Jonathan Engelkes, all with the Little Rock Fire Department.

Good Samaritan Hero--Dr. Ted Jolley, Little Rock dentist.

Good Samaritan Hero-Dr. Jeffery Snider, Snider Family Clinic, Clarksville.

Youth Good Samaritans- Jordan Combs, Mollie Robinson, Kelsie Vaughn and Sarah Bueche, lifeguards at Longhills Community Center, Benton. Combs, Robinson and Vaughn are students at Bryant High School. Bueche is a student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Workplace Heroes- Randy Robinson and Kristin Robinson, Longhills Community Center, Benton

Medical/EMS-Joy Lile, registered nurse with Gentiva Health Services and Jennifer Thomas, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists at Arkansas Children's Hospital

Youth Good Samaritan--Camden Norwine, a Conway third grader

Law Enforcement Hero-Patrolman Jonathan Schmidt, Trumann Police Department

"Each was able to come to the aid of someone in immediate need of care to save a life because they were trained in health and safety skills," stated American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas Philanthropy Chairperson Leo Perreault. "This luncheon provides us a critical opportunity to not only celebrate their incredible acts of saving someone's life, it also allows us to present living examples of why it is important for each of us to be prepared to prevent as well as to be able to respond to emergencies."

Emergency Relief

Proceeds from Arkansas Heroes funds local emergency disaster response provided at no cost to those in need by the American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas, such as help to residential fire victims and emergency military communication between military personnel anywhere around the world and their families.

The Chapter responds to around 1,000 emergency connections between loved ones here and military personnel abroad. Both responses occur twenty-four hours a day, every day.