By Wayne Allen
On Thursday the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross (ORVC) held its 16th annual Heroes Breakfast at the SOMC Friends Center. Over the course of the event several community members from Lawrence, Jackson, Pike and Scioto Counties were honored for their service to the greater good.
“You’ve likely heard this said, there are three types of people in this world, those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and those that wonder what the heck just happened,” said Steven Rader, PhD, Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross Chairman of the Board. “I’m proud to be a member of group number one and that’s the type of people in this room right now (attendees of the breakfast). You’re not sitting here heroes because you set out to be a hero, you’re sitting here because you saw something that needed done in the community and you did it.”
Among those honored include this year’s Blood Hero is Lavon Shields. According to ORVC, “Lavon has volunteered at blood drives for the past 16 years. She stepped into the role of organizing several other senior volunteers for the community blood drives in the Jackson area including Jackson Holzer Hospital, First Church of the Nazarene, and Hope United Methodist Church in Wellston.”
This year’s First Aid Hero is the New Boston Service & Fire Department. According to ORVC, “On June 26, 2014, Steve Hamilton, New Boston Village Administrator, was working in the New Boston service garage when a hose on the gas pump exploded. Employees in the service garage along with Derick Paxson of the New Boston Fire Department came to his aid.”
This year’s Veteran Hero is June Meade. According to ORVC, “June has been a member of the Memorial Day Association for forty-five years where she served as secretary in charge of the Ladies of the Circle. Her commitment and allegiance to veterans keep Ladies of the Circle a continuing, crucial part of our community’s history.”
This year’s CPR Hero is SOMC Emergency Room Staff. According to ORVC, “On March 1, 2014, when Robert Madison was brought hurriedly into the SOMC ER in Portsmouth by his son-in-law, he didn’t know what type of physicians and nurses would be there so save his life. Only being able to say his name before collapsing and being placed into a wheelchair, several staff members were there to help Robert when he coded in the parking lot and went above and beyond to ensure he received the care he deserved.”
This year’s Adult Good Samaritan Hero is Melinda Stevens. According to ORVC, “On April 1, 2014, Melinda returned to her South Webster home from work just in time to respond to a call for volunteers needed in locating a two-year-old boy, Gauge Scaff, who was lost in the South Webster community. She found Gauge in the field with his dog and asked him to come to her where she scooped him up in her arms and took him to safety.”
This year’s Youth Community Hero is Boy Scout Troop 12. According to ORVC, “Citizenship is one of the principles of the Boy Scout Program and Troop 12 supports their local community creating and participating in community improvements including the clean-up of Mound Park, Shawnee State Forest Clean –up campaign and the annual Ohio River Sweep to name a few.”
This year’s Fire Preparedness Hero is Josh Childers. According to ORVC, “Childers is a Security Officer at King’s Daughters Medical Center Ohio who always goes above and beyond his duties. He is currently serving on the Scioto County Emergency Management Coalition; as the Lieutenant of the Raceland Station 20 Volunteer Fire Department; and as a fireman for the Flatwoods Volunteer Fire Department.”
This year’s Scioto County Volunteer Hero is the Dorothy Knost Music Workshop. According to ORVC, “Knost started a summer music workshop for area youth in 1973 with the idea that every child deserves a musical and cultural education, but it shouldn’t cost a family anything. Since then, students from all over the county have joined in the week long celebration where they are exposed to various types of music as well as musical instruments.”
This year’s Jackson County Community Hero is the Jackson Walmart Supercenter. According to ORVC, “Over the years the Jackson Walmart Supercenter has supported the Red Cross with financial donations, gift cards for disaster clients, participation and contributions to fund raising events, donations of water and snacks to First Responders, ARC clients and canteen services, to name a few.”
The Marcia Sanderlin Hero Award will also be given out during the breakfast to a Red Cross volunteer or supporter that has gone above and beyond expectations either as a volunteer or financial supporter.
This years Marcia Sanderlin Award was given to C.B. Herrmann.
Hermann serves as Chairman of the local and Regional Workforce Development Boards and is the co-chairman of the Finance Committee for the Southern Ohio Port Authority to foster economic growth for the area.
Hermann was named Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce and was asked to serve on the board of the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Red Cross which he served for 10 years and became interested in disaster service. He continues his commitment to the American Red Cross today and is presently a Disaster Action Team member for local emergencies.
Even though Portsmouth Insurance merged with Berndt & Murfin Insurance last year he is still active in the insurance business and continues his service to the local community.
He and his wife, the former Sue Ellen Rowson, have three daughters and six grandchildren with whom they enjoy sharing their activities, boating and family vacations to the beach.
For more information visit the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross offices at 1801 Robinson Ave., in Portsmouth or call 740-354-3293.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT