Good turns deserving another: Red Cross honors Real Heroes

Published: December 7, 2005 | 2938th good news item since 2003

The Snohomish County chapter of the Red Cross honored several community members during its Real Heroes breakfast Tuesday morning.

About 800 people turned out for the annual event, which raises money for local, national and international events requiring Red Cross assistance. In the past year, the Snohomish County chapter has sent workers to assist with tsunami recovery in Asia, hurricane relief in the U.S. and smaller disasters such as house fires in the local area.

Tuesday’s honorees in Everett, however, didn’t do their their work in behalf of the Red Cross, said U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Lake Stevens, who hosted the breakfast. Instead, those honored acted quickly during a moment of disaster or provided continuing aid to local residents.

“These people put others’ lives before their own,” Larsen said.

Those honored and their awards were:

• Steve Bowman and Robert Collinge, community collaborative effort. The two were among a number of individuals who formed a human ladder to remove two disabled women from an Everett apartment fire.

• Danna Clark, youth good Samaritan. Clark pulled an injured man from a burning vehicle in Monroe.

• Dale Lashbrook, police. The county sheriff’s deputy led an effort to pull a number of victims to safety in an Interstate 5 accident that left two vehicles on fire.

• Dr. Robert Krueger, health care. Krueger and other Everett Clinic employees volunteer with the Healing the Children nonprofit, which provides international medical assistance.

• Gary Estes, adult good Samaritan. Estes provided first aid to a motorcycle-accident victim whose leg had been severed.

• James Lee, adult good Samaritan. Lee assisted a trapped victim whose car was on fire. He also retrieved a fire extinguisher to put out the flames.

• Nan Sarb, community collaborative effort. Sarb’s Community Yarn Creations provides a host of services, including knitted caps for cancer patients.

• P.J. Burt, firefighter. While vacationing in Mexico, Burt pulled a drowning woman out of the sea and assisted with her medical needs, which included stabilizing her back after a cervical fracture.

• Navy Petty Officer Jake Kirk, military. While aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, the Navy photographer documented tsunami aid and provided some.

• Robert Roach and Jonathan Perkins, community collaborative effort. The two revived a man who had collapsed after a hockey-league game.

• Roberta Hasstedt, education. The Arlington High School teacher leads the school in a number of volunteer opportunities, including a food-drive program.

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