By Wayne Allen
August 4, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
The Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is set to host its 15th annual Heroes Dinner at 6 p.m. on Aug. 15, at the Southern Ohio Medical Center Friends Center.
According to Mary Arnzen, Executive Director of the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, this year’s Heroes Dinner will honor heroes in eight categories.
Arnzen said Sue Hatten will be honored as the Scioto County Red Cross Blood Hero. The Pike County Red Cross Blood Hero is Arvil Murray and Paul Sites is the Jackson County Blood Hero.
She said the individuals who are typically honored with this award are those who have donated the most blood in each county.
Arnzen said this year’s first aid hero is the Porter Township EMS, Dr. Eric McDonald and Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC).
“There was a member of the SOMC Life Center working out at the Wheelersburg facility and he fell to the ground. The Porter Township EMS was called and Dr. McDonald happened to be working out there at the same time and helped the man,” Arnzen said. “SOMC is the hero is because they have provided technology to EMS units throughout our community to be able to transmit information from an EKG to the hospital before the patient arrives,” Arnzen said. “So, before he got to SOMC, they knew he was having a massive heart attack and took him directly into surgery.”
This year’s fire hero is the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team.
“This is a group of about 10-15 individuals who are on call. When someone in our community (Scioto, Pike and Jackson Counties) experiences a fire in their home at night, we have different people on call, who are tasked to respond and go help that family,” Arnzen said. “Last year (2012) we had 72 house fires within our communities (Scioto and Pike Counties), helping 308 clients.”
This year’s fundraising hero will go to a Girl Scout Troop 2123 in Waverly.
“They do fundraisers for us, whenever there is a big catastrophe, they do little things like sell cookies, sell flowers and all kinds of things to raise money for us so, that we can help the victims of the disasters,” Arnzen said.
This year’s Pike County Community Hero is the Pike County Health Coalition and the Scioto county Community Hero is the Scioto County Health Coalition.
“They are getting this award for all of their efforts to help the community,” Arnzen said.
This year’s Veterans Hero is Mike Bell.
“He is a good dude and does a lot for the veterans,” Arnzen said.
Arnzen encouraged people to consider attending this event.
“This is going to be a feel good evening, it’s very positive and very enlightening. This is a good time to come out and pay tribute to the people who have gone above and beyond in our community to make a difference,” Arnzen said.
Tickets for the event are $10 and are available at the Red Cross office located at 1802 Robinson Ave. in Portsmouth and will not be sold at the door. Tickets must be purchased before Aug. 8.
For more information about the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross call 740-354-3293.
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