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American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Celebrates San Francisco Heroes at Breakfast on September 24
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September 3, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. – September 3, 2019 – The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter today announced the recipients of its San Francisco County Heroes Awards, all of whom will be honored at the San Francisco Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, September 24 at 8:30 a.m. at the Marine’s Memorial Club and Hotel in San Francisco.   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 a deacon from Grace Cathedral who devotes her time to easing the burdens of some of San Francisco’s most disadvantaged neighbors, and a marathon runner who sacrificed his own running time to save someone’s life. This year’s honorees include the following San Francisco County citizens and organizations:
  • Lifesaving Hero: Kevin Bransford will be honored for stopping in the middle of running the San Francisco Marathon to attend to a man who appeared to be in cardiac arrest on the side of the road. Bransford stayed with the man until paramedics came and took over. 
  • Act of Kindness Hero, Individual: Doctor Laura Esserman will be recognized for her constant attempts to personalize cancer treatment, and attempting to equalize the relationship between doctor and patient.
  • Act of Kindness Hero, Organization: Jared Paul, founder of A Good Idea, whose mission is to practice random acts of kindness, will be honored for continually encouraging individuals to practice random acts of kindness towards those in their community. 
  • Act of Courage Hero: Police Sergeant Chuck Limbert will be honored for apprehending a suspect after witnessing an assault while he was off duty.
  • Public Safety Hero: Dave Lipin and volunteers of the San Francisco units of the California Disaster Medical Services Association will be honored for their multiple responses to major local disasters. The CDMSA provides services when local medical resources are overwhelmed. 
  • Community Service Hero, Individual: Reverend Nina Pickerrell, a deacon at Grace Cathedral, will be honored for her work in her Bayview Neighborhood. Pickerrell devotes her time and energy to donating groceries, toiletries, and clothing to disadvantaged members of her community. 
  • Community Service Hero, Organization:  First Place for Youth has grown to become the state’s largest program for helping foster y0uth make the transition to self-sufficiency. The team is being recognized for their outreach and assistance to several youths in the San Francisco community.
  • Community Service Hero, Organization: The San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team will be honored. The organization and director Rann Parker will be recognized for countless acts of compassion to those suffering from mental illness and substance abuse, many of whom are unable to navigate the complex social services network in San Francisco. 
 The heroes will be honored at the San Francisco County Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, September 24 at 8 a.m., registration begins at 7:30 a.m., at the Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel located at 609 Sutter Street in San Francisco.
Tickets for the event are available for $50 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 San Francisco 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.

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