BREWER – They may not wear capes or be able to fly, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t heroes. This morning the American Red Cross gathered at Jeff’s Catering and Convention Center in Brewer to honor local acts of heroism.
“It’s a great day. We get to celebrate the community members that do above and beyond things unexpectedly for our community members,” said John Thomas, Executive Director of the Northern and Eastern Maine Chapter.
After a buffet breakfast, a ceremony took place to honor the winners. Recipients included everyone from cops to 9-1-1 dispatchers to volunteer local organizations to regular citizens who helped out in time of need.
“At one point Sean got out of his car and began to sprint under the bridge, so we immediately followed him under the assumption that something had gone terribly wrong,” said Lt. Rod Charette in an introduction video. Charette, along with three other officers, was awarded for triing to save a little boy and his grandfather after they fell into the river while fishing.
“Once the suspect had left the scene, I gave the caller instructions to do CPR on her friend,” said dispatcher Christopher Lavoie. He was awarded for aiding a woman whose friend was assaulted until authorities arrived at the scene.
But while some stories ended happily and others a bit more unfortunate, the common denominator is the local people who didn’t hesitate to spring into action.
“We’re taught to react to certain situations, all situations really, and that was just one that presented itself and we all handled it accordingly,” said officer Dan Harlan, who also tried to save the little boy and his grandfather who fell in the river.