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Red Cross honors Greater Bangor Real Heroes   Awards recognize ordinary people doing extraordinary acts in service to others

BREWER – The Northern and Eastern Maine Chapter of the American Red Cross is honoring community members who go above and beyond in service to others at its Greater Bangor Real Heroes Awards Breakfast on March 20.

“These Real Heroes are an inspiration. Their extraordinary courage, kindness and unselfish character enrich their communities and help people in need – even saving lives,” said Caroline King, executive director of the Northern and Eastern Maine Chapter of the Red Cross. “This year is the100th anniversary of the Red Cross in Greater Bangor and we are delighted to celebrate these Real Heroes as we mark this milestone.”

The Real Heroes Awards Breakfast takes place on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 a.m., at Jeff’s Catering, 15 Littlefield Road, Brewer. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

The 2019 Real Heroes of Greater Bangor are:

Lifesaving Award: Melissa Amoroso of Newport, Bobby Davis of Bangor and Scott Kahkonen of Bangor saved a man at Union Street Athletics gym in Bangor through CPR and other assistance

 Lifesaving Award: Robert Cyr’s mother had been feeling unwell and was on her way to a doctor’s appointment when she collapsed. She was having a stroke. Robert, 11, called 911 and first responders soon arrived to provide help.

 First Responder Award: Dover-Foxcroft Police Chief Ryan Reardon and then-Sgt. Todd Lyford (now Chief Deputy of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office) saved a woman who was trapped in a car that was on fire after it had plunged down a 25-foot embankment.

 Blood Services Award: Dale Rogers of Levant has given more than 280 pints of lifesaving blood. One pint of blood can save up to three lives.

 Service to the Armed Forces Award: Heather Audet of Brewer is recognized for her work coordinating yellow ribbon events with the Air National Guard.

 Good Samaritan Award: Elaine Wilcox’s service to her community of Fayette includes volunteering at the town library, where she made hundreds of children story hours possible, organizing a monthly fundraising supper for heating fuel assistance, putting together family events like the annual Dr. Seuss Family Fun Day, Halloween party and winter holiday party, and serving on the school board.


 About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit, our Facebook page @MaineRedCross, our Instagram page @maineredcross and our Twitter feed @ARC_Maine.

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