American Red Cross selects 2019 Hometown Heroes

Recipients to be honored at celebration on March 28th during National Red Cross Month

Celebrating local heroism and services Thursday, March 28 6-6:30 p.m. Doors open and dessert reception 6:30-7:30 p.m. Awards Program Wenatchee Convention Center Join us for this 10th Annual Celebration as we honor individuals and organizations from Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties for their heroism and service to our community. Recipients may be first responders who went above and beyond the call of duty, citizens who performed a lifesaving act, or organizations making a significant impact to our area. There is no cost to attend the celebration. Seats are limited. RSVP required by March 20 by calling (509) 663-397 or

WENTCHEE – Each year, the Greater Inland Northwest Chapter of the American Red Cross celebrates extraordinary acts of heroism and service during our annual Hometown Heroes Celebration. Over the past decade, we have celebrated over a hundred local individuals and organizations whose lifesaving actions or commitment to our community have made a significant impact in North Central Washington.

The following have been selected as our 2019 Hometown Heroes and will be recognized at a celebration on March 28, 2019, at the Wenatchee Convention Center. Doors open at 6:00pm with the program beginning at 6:30pm. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. 

Please see the below invite for details and RSVP information.

• Carol and Tony Leibelt: When the University of Washington charter bus crashed in November 2018, Carol and Anthony Leibelt assisted by requesting ambulances and providing food and shelter for the injured at George Elementary School.

• Steve Groseclose, Hayden McCall, Jerry Moore, Richard Poppie: All four responded to a wildland fire by evacuating local Douglas County residents and notifying others of the swift moving fire.

• Kathy Corulli: Kathy is a RiverCom 911 dispatcher who instructed a 9 year-old girl to perform CPR on her unconscious grandmother.   

• Leeon Leyde: Leeon responded to a medical emergency during a softball game by giving chest compressions to the injured prior to the arrival of first-responders.

• Scott Lawrence and Michael Morrison: Sergeant Lawrence and Deputy Morrison responded to a fire at a retirement center and evacuated residents.

• Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Organization/Group: This group coordinates recovery plans and resources for the Okanogan County community in the aftermath of local disasters.

• Whidbey Island Naval Air Station Rescue: Crew members responded to a rescue call for individuals on Mount Stuart and successfully rescued the individuals in severe weather conditions.

• Spirit of the Red Cross Award: Chief Mike Burnett. The Spirit of the Red Cross award is presented to an individual who exemplifies the core values of the American Red Cross - selflessness, compassion, and commitment to improving our community by helping those in need.

Please contact Megan Snow at (509) 990-0969 or for more information.

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