BREWER – Coffee was poured and tables were set Wednesday morning, as the American Red Cross of Northern and Eastern Maine invited the community to Brewer for a special breakfast.
The Real Heroes Awards breakfast honored everyday people who help communities and people in need.
“It is awe inspiring and sometimes gut-wrenching because the stories are just so amazing,” said Executive Director Caroline King. “We’re so excited to recognize these people,” she said.
Among those recognized was 12-year-old Robert Cyr, who acted quickly and called first responders when his mother was having a stroke.
“I just wanted my mom to be okay,” Cyr said.
Because of Cyr’s fast action, his mom is living a healthy life today.
“I’ve never done something like this before so it’s really cool,” he said.
Others, like Melissa Amoroso, Bobby Davis and Scott Kahkonen were recognized for saving a man in Bangor who suffered a cardiac episode, collapsing on a treadmill. The three were able to resuscitate him.
“It’s an honor but at the same time, I feel we were doing what anyone else would do if they were put in that situation,” Kahkonen said.
Fellow award recipients agreed and said they don’t feel like heroes.
“It just makes me feel good to know that I help people,” said Dale Rogers, this year’s Blood Services Award recipient.
Over the past 60 years, Rogers has donated more than 280 pints of blood.
“You never expect to be here but we do appreciate that they do put this on and recognize those individuals that go above and beyond,” said Todd Lyford, a former Dover-Foxcroft police sergeant.