BURLINGAME, CALIF. – June 11, 2019 – A seven-year-old girl who saved her mother’s life by calling 911 and two Belmont men who rescued middle school children pinned under an SUV following an accident were among the heroes honored by the American Red Cross Bay Area at its annual San Mateo County Heroes Breakfast on June 5 at Dominic’s Restaurant at Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo. Approximately 100 people attended the breakfast event to celebrate the local heroes and provide support for the American Red Cross in the Bay Area.
The annual heroes awards program is designed to celebrate the community’s everyday heroes, recognizing those individuals and organizations who make a difference in their community through acts of extraordinary kindness and courage. This year’s honorees included the following San Mateo County citizens:
Life-Saving Hero, Youth
On a Saturday after lunchtime, seven-year-old Midori Conlon found her mother lying unconscious on the kitchen floor of their San Mateo home. She immediately called 911 and took care of her younger sister until firefighters arrived to care for her mother.
Life-Saving Hero, Adult
Without any concern for herself, Cheree Schabilion rushed to aid a man who collapsed in her Belmont office. She found him unresponsive and immediately began to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until paramedics arrived.
Act of Courage Hero
Andre Edwards and Antonio Gutierrez of Belmont came to the rescue when a group of middle school students were trapped under an SUV that had swerved off the road and into the students. The two men used a car jack and the assistance of other by-standers to lift the SUV and pull the victims to safety.
Act of Kindness & Philanthropy Hero
Woodside resident Diane Zoi felt she needed to do something when she learned that her nephew’s roommate at Stanford University would need to drop out of school following his father’s death. Along with her fellow Stanford alumni, she has raised more than $50,000 allowing the student to remain in school.
Community Service Hero, Individual
Recognizing the need for effective communications systems during emergencies, San Mateo resident Ross Peterson is teaching county residents how to operate ham radios. Peterson and his fellow ham instructors have licensed more than 2,000 new operators in the Bay Area.
Community Service Hero, Organization
Late one afternoon last September, a fire broke out in a 36-unit apartment complex in South San Francisco, displacing 79 tenants. A member of the San Francisco Samoan Seventh Day Adventist Church invited the Red Cross to use their church as a service center to provide assistance to the residents over the next three days.
Animal Rescue Hero
Rick and Paulette Nava, owners of San Mateo’s DoodyCalls professional pet waste removal service, are on a mission to protect man’s best friend. The couple has raised money to equip as many Bay Area police dogs as they can with bullet-resistant vests.
The awards committee also presented a special award in honor of former San Mateo Congressman Tom Lantos.
The event was hosted by American Red Cross Bay Area leadership and Master of Ceremonies Don Sanchez, reporter for ABC7 News. Keynote speakers included Foster City Police Chief Craig Courtin, North County Fire Authority Chief Ron Myers and San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Adrienne Tissier.
Sponsors for the event included Peninsula Health Care District, the San Mateo Firefighters Association, Hiro and Betty Ogawa, Seton Medical Center and the San Mateo County Deputy Sheriff's Association.
About the Heroes Awards Program
People in the Bay Area make a difference in the lives of others in their communities every day. The American Red Cross Bay Area and civic leaders from six counties in the Bay Area are joining together to celebrate everyday heroism, recognizing those individuals and organizations whose extraordinary acts of kindness and courage make them heroes. American Red Cross chapters around the county hold events in their communities to recognize acts of heroism by local residents and pay tribute to those who have performed life-saving acts. Each year, nearly 900 people attend events in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Solano Counties to honor local heroes. For more information about the events and corporate sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.redcrossbayarea.org/heroes
. All proceeds from the events support the disaster preparedness and relief efforts of the American Red Cross in the Bay Area.
About the American Red Cross Bay Area
Governed by volunteers and supported by community donations, your American Red Cross Bay Area helps residents in six counties prepare for disaster, recover from them and connect U.S. military families torn apart by war, terrorism and natural tragedy. The American Red Cross’s more than 3,000 personnel, 97 percent of which are volunteers, are all dedicated to saving lives. Every year, ARCBA mobilizes relief to families affected by more than 500 disasters, trains more than 80,000 people in life-saving and preparedness skills, and exchanges hundreds of emergency messages for military, war and disaster-stricken families. Call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY or visit www.redcrossbayarea.org
to learn more. The Red Cross provides nearly half the Bay Area’s blood supply. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) today to schedule your lifesaving donation.
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Caption: American Red Cross Bay Area Heroes award-winner Midori Conlon receives congratulations from Margo Rosen, representative from Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s office, during the San Mateo County Heroes Breakfast on June 5 at Dominic’s Restaurant at Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo. (Photo credit: Aaron Litwin/American Red Cross Bay Area)