FAIRFIELD, CALIF. – September 14, 2019 – The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter today announced the recipients of its Solano County heroes awards, all of whom will be honored at the Solano Heroes Breakfast on Friday, September 25 at 8 a.m. at the Suisun City Waterfront Park in Suisun City. The annual program celebrates everyday heroes, recognizing those individuals and organizations that make a difference in their community through acts of extraordinary courage and kindness.
Among this year’s heroes are the courageous firefighters who helped nearly 100 senior citizens from the Casa de Vallejo building fire, a pair of brothers who saved the life of an infant, and a young girl whose keen sense of danger and quick reactions ultimately made her community a safer place:
Lifesaving Hero: The Medal of Valor recipients from the Vallejo Fire Department will be recognized for their courage in saving nearly 100 senior citizens from the Casa de Vallejo building fire.
Lifesaving Hero: Officer Rich Jimenez from Vacaville will be recognized for his successful use of the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge gum from the throat of a choking teenage girl. Officer Jimenez’ quick reactions to an emergency situation saved the girl’s life.
Lifesaving Hero: Zachery and Andrew McBride from Vacaville will be honored for saving the life of an infant that was abandoned outside at a local middle school. The boys immediately reported the situation, and the infant was placed in protective custody while the person responsible for the abandonment was arrested.
Lifesaving Hero: Fire Captain Shawn Bryne, Fire Engineer Michael Guerra and Fire Paramedic Robert Stacy from Fairfield will be recognized for their tireless work to save a fire victim who had gone into cardiac arrest. The firemen ensured her safe transport to a hospital where she was eventually revived.
- Lifesaving Hero: Officer Mark Menesini and Firefighter James Ensley from Benicia will be recognized for their swift response to a traffic collision in which a car ended up submerged in a swimming pool with a woman trapped inside. Ensley and Menesini were able to extract the woman from the car and make sure she was handed over to paramedics.
- Lifesaving Hero: Michael Blacklock from Fairfield will be honored for performing CPR on a choking child who was being driven to the hospital by his father. Blacklock observed that the child was turning blue, and was able to perform CPR to unblock his airway. His CPR training and quick thinking saved the child’s life.
- Act of Courage Hero: Caitlin Aston from Vacaville will be recognized for her bravery in acting during a situation that could have been dire for her young friend. Her swift and mature actions led to a suspect being arrested for kidnapping, false imprisonment and child molestation.
- Act of Courage Hero: Rashael Gullo from Vacaville will be honored for aiding the police in the immediate aftermath of a bank robbery. Gullo was able to follow the car the bank robber was in, and copy down the license plate number. This eventually led to the suspect’s arrest.
- Act of Courage Hero: William Molnar from Vacaville will be recognized for sacrificing his own personal safety and chasing a bank robbery suspect through his neighborhood. His quick reactions ultimately led to the suspect being apprehended.
- Community Service Hero, Individual: Marilyn Bardet from Benicia will be honored for her continuous efforts to gain air monitoring equipment for her community. She hopes to raise awareness of air pollution and how to combat it.
- Community Service Hero, Individual: Sean Jones from Vacaville will be recognized for aiding police in identifying two bank robbery suspects. His descriptions led the police to identifying and arresting the suspects.
- Community Service Hero, Organization: Vacaville Elks Club and members Dan Lynch, Dan Brown and Al Curly will be honored for their proactive construction of a K9 training and obstacle course for the Vacaville Police Department.
- Act of Kindness Hero: Jamar Alexander from Fairfield will be honored for his reaction to an accident on the highway, when a car full of people flew off the shoulder. Alexander stayed with the accident victims and comforted them until paramedics arrived.
- Animal Rescue Hero: Loren Drowne from Vacaville will be recognized for his off-duty response to a burning building. Drowne forced entry into the building and finding no residents present, he rescued two family dogs that were trapped inside a bedroom.
The heroes will be honored at the Solano County Heroes Breakfast on Friday, September 25 at 8 a.m., registration begins at 7:30 a.m., at the Suisun City Waterfront Park, located at 123 Main St., Suisun City, California.
Tickets for the event are available for $25 per person and can be purchased online at www.heroesredcrossbayarea.org
or by calling (415) 427-8086. All proceeds from the event support the disaster readiness and relief efforts of the American Red Cross in the Bay Area Chapter, including efforts in Solano County.
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 Chapter 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 lifesaving 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
. 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 Chapter
As a community-based, humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. By helping people in the Bay Area learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens the community and makes it ready for all types of disasters, including home fires, earthquakes, wildfires and health emergencies. Call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit www.redcrossbayarea.org
to learn more.