Red Cross invites community to nominate local heroes


TOLEDO — The American Red Cross of Western Lake Erie will recognize and pay tribute to ordinary members of the community who have shown extraordinary courage, compassion, character, or humanity by saving or improving the lives of others at the 2023 Red Cross of Western Lake Erie Hero Awards.

Residents of Wood, Henry, Fulton, Lucas, Monroe, Ottawa and Sandusky counties are invited to nominate a hero or heroes who have responded to life’s challenges with a true humanitarian spirit, mirroring the values that motivate and inspire the work of the Red Cross.

A hero could be someone who entered a burning home to alert a family, a neighbor who performed CPR on a total stranger, or a passerby who pulled a drowning child to safety.

Visit to nominate a hero. All nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee. Nominations must be submitted by Jan. 31 and the heroic act must have occurred between Jan. 1, 2022 and Dec. 31, 2022. Those chosen as Western Lake Erie Heroes will be honored during a ceremony on April 27 at the Premier in Toledo. Tickets for the event are available at

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