American Red Cross honors 11 & # 39; Inland Empire Heroes & # 39; – Press Enterprise


These 11 folks and organizations are day by day heroes for the American Red Cross

The group acknowledged them on the finish of final month through the Inland Empire Heroes Luncheon in 2019 on the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside.

The honorees have been welcomed as a result of they "embody the mission and spirit of the Red Cross by saving lives and creating safer, stronger and more resilient communities," in accordance with a press launch.

"Our prize winners really show a willingness to do everything to help those in need," mentioned Lois Beckman, chapter government director of the American Red Cross serving Riverside County, within the launch.

The honorees are:

Gift of Life Hero: Thomas Van Dorn

The resident of Moreno Valley works for the town of Azusa. Every different Saturday since 1997, he drives 100 miles there and again to Fullerton to donate platelets. He does it as a result of, in 1995, his 5-yr-outdated son, Mitchell, died of most cancers and platelet donations helped the boy's blood kind blood clots to cease bleeding, the discharge says. Van Dorn has given greater than 1,000 blood platelet models over the previous 21 years, in accordance with the discharge.

Animal Welfare Hero: San Bernardino County Sheriff & # 39; s substitute Ryan Girard and his canine, Dare

Girard was the important thing to launch the division's Bloodhound Okay-9 program on the Rancho Cucamonga station. Dare was one in all his first Okay-9 & # 39; s and helped discover lacking younger folks and arrest criminals.

Water Rescue Hero: officer Elizabeth Gomez

The deputy from the San Bernardino County sheriff responded to a home the place a 5-yr-outdated lady was discovered motionless on the backside of a pool. Gomez, stationed on the Rancho Cucamonga station, carried out chest compressions and regarded on the lady till paramedics arrived. The lady recovered, the discharge explains. Gomez is now a police officer at Fountain Valley.

Youth hero: Mylee Howe

For a faculty mission on the Santa Rosa Academy in Menifee, Mylee requested for donations from church buildings, corporations, associates and family members for Hope & # 39; s Community Closet within the Temecula-Murrieta space. Her mission Sock It To Me introduced collectively greater than 500 pairs of socks and underwear.

Service to the Armed Forces Held: Linda Hallenbeck Pelegrino

During the Vietnam War, Pelegrino joined the Red Cross on orders to Korea after which to Vietnam, the discharge states. On her return residence, she labored with the Red Cross in a hospital in San Francisco. Now retired, Pelegrino lives in Indian Wells within the Riverside County desert.

Service to the Armed Forces Held: Sgt. Major Gregory Coker

A veteran, Coker in 2013 created the Riverside-based Reaching New Heights Foundation, Inc., which helps the Inland veterans to reside as civilians. The basis provides job coaching, job placement, counseling and remedy. It additionally has a veteran residence in Ontario to assist homeless veterans.

Community Hero: San Bernardino County Sheriff & # 39; s deputy Mike Jones

Jones helped develop the division's homeless and proactive enforcement group, which is making an attempt to take away homeless folks from the road. Jones has helped greater than 1,200 folks turn out to be homeless, the discharge says.

First Responder Hero: Hemet Police Officer Andrew Reynoso and Okay-9 Duke

In May, Reynoso and Duke chased the housebreaking suspects a truck hit the canine and nearly hit Reynoso. Although he was wounded, Duke continued the pursuit and arrested a suspect, the discharge says. Both suspects have been prosecuted later. The canine returned to its full process.

First Responder Hero: Redlands Police Cpl. Breanna Herrera

On a sizzling day in July, Herrera smashed the window of a automotive parked within the Mountain Grove procuring middle to rescue a small little one who wasn't shifting and an overheated toddler. She handed them over to Redlands Firefighters once they arrived and each survived. Firefighters mentioned the inside of the car had reached roughly 138 levels, the discharge states.

Company hero: Pechanga band of Luiseño Indians

The Pechanga band of Luiseño Indians has lengthy helped the American Red Cross. For instance through the 2007 forest fires Pechanga opened his ballroom at Temecula as a shelter for the Red Cross neighborhood and fed lots of of them. Pechanga can also be an annual donor of Disaster Preparedness Ready 365 and a donor who responds to disasters.

Company hero: MOD Pizza

MOD Pizza began donating present vouchers for blood donors and prolonged his assist from the Inland space to the provinces of Orange and Los Angeles. Its contributions assist encourage folks to offer and accomplish that extra typically.