Red Cross honors local residents

By Sara Schilling, Tri-City HeraldMarch 7, 2014 

The Benton-Franklin chapter of the American Red Cross honored several local heroes Thursday -- from a Richland father who defended his daughter against an attacker, to a longtime Red Cross volunteer who hails from Benton City.

The chapter's 12th annual Real Heroes Breakfast drew about 500 people to TRAC in Pasco and raised nearly $40,000 for the Red Cross' work.

Peggy Hoggarth, executive director, said the chapter is grateful for the support and "humbled by the people in our community and what they do."

Here's a look at the award winners:

-- Blood Donation Hero: Emily Pease.

Pease organized a blood drive for her senior project at Delta High School and "went on to lead additional blood drives, become a significant blood donor and inspire others to give blood," said information from the Red Cross.

-- Citizen Rescue Hero: Francisco Lopez.

The Richland father chased off his daughter's attacker despite being repeatedly stunned by the attacker's stun gun, the information said. The daughter was attacked outside the family's home.

-- Emergency Services Hero: Mark Cope.

The Hanford Fire Department captain helped a seriously injured woman while on vacation in Priest Lake, Idaho, providing aid and carrying her from a remote location to one where she could get more help, the information said.

-- Workplace Safety Hero: Dave Slackman.

Slackman of West Richland is a Yoke's Fresh Market manager who performed the Heimlich maneuver on a young customer choking on candy.

-- Spirit of the Red Cross: Kimba Overby.

Overby, of Benton City, a longtime Red Cross volunteer, coordinates the local Red Cross' Disaster Action Team, which provides immediate aid when a fire or other disaster hits local residents.

-- Animal Rescue Hero: Linda Christiano.

Christiano is the owner of Spot-O-Faith Farm in Pasco, a horse rescue and sanctuary that's saved more than 30 horses.

-- Community Organization Hero: Richland Firefighters Community Outreach Program.

The program helps community members in need, supports community activities and provides scholarships.

-- Humanitarian Hero: Joshua Durham.

Durham, from Kennewick, helped save Sam Frank's arm after Frank was struck by a train last fall in Kennewick. Durham, who was driving by when the accident happened, used his belt as a tourniquet.

-- Sara Schilling: 582-1529; sschilling@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @saraTCHerald

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