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Do you know someone who did something extraordinary in 2005? If so, the Northern Nevada Chapter of the Red Cross wants to hear about it.

The New Year’s Eve flood is included in 2005, so any heroic acts by neighbors, workers or rescue personnel can qualify.

The Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross is seeking nominations for its annual Real Heroes event that recognizes heroes from around Northern Nevada who have reached out to help others in need. The Real Heroes breakfast will be March 30 at Harrah’s Reno.

“Every day, ordinary people do something extraordinary and we want to honor that,” said Caroline Punches, executive director of the Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross. “They save a life. They teach someone else how to save a life. It’s that spirit of community, of neighbors helping neighbors, which we recognize with this event.”

Last year ordinary people, like Jim Covey, were recognized for doing extraordinary things. Covey saw a golden retriever thrashing in an ice-covered pond behind his Sparks home. He and his son tied ladders to ropes to walk across the thinning ice to reach Charger. When Jim reached the dog he could not lift him, so he had to get into the water and lift the dog to safety. By the time the fire department got to the pond, Charger was wrapped in warm blankets at the Covey’s home.

“This was just one of a dozen stories that warmed our hearts,” Punches said. “We look forward to these nominations each year because of the great stories of people helping neighbors or total strangers.”

Nomination forms can be found at http://www.nevada.redcross.org or call (775) 856-1000 for more information.


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