Red Cross honors a dozen ‘heroes’ in Frederick County

Photo by Bill Ryan - Guest speaker Brian Boyle of Charles County talks with Frederick residents Michael Baisey and Catherine Beheler during the Hometown Heroes Awards Dinner hosted by the Frederick County chapter of the American Red Cross on Friday at the Ceresville Mansion.

Inaugural awards night highlights contributions of everyday people

by Margarita Raycheva, Frederick Gazette

When they save lives, look after the sick and the dying, help the needy and give back to the community, the hometown heroes of Frederick County do not seek recognition.

And that is why the Frederick County Chapter of the American Red Cross honored some of those local people at their inaugural Hometown Heroes award dinner at the Ceresville Mansion.

The event, which gathered dozens of community leaders, honorees and their families, recognized 12 local men and women – business leaders and volunteers, law enforcement officers and caretakers – who have gone above and beyond to contribute to the community.

Honorees received plaques, pins and medals and were awarded in 10 categories: Good Samaritan, Community Impact, Corporate Citizen, Life Achievement, Volunteerism, First Responder, Public Safety, Nursing, Arts and Culture and Military.

They also received special praise from the regional American Red Cross Spokesperson of the Year for 2009 / 2010 and guest speaker, Brian Boyle, at the event who is recognized as a hero in his own right. As a representative for the Red Cross, Boyle expressed his sincere appreciation for the work that these men and women do.

Boyle stated, “On a daily basis you are creating reasons to smile by not only saving individuals but saving families, you are making living conditions better within your community, and establishing relationships with people who not only need you, but depend on you through blood services, military services and through disaster relief.”

The event was the first of its kind in Frederick County and proceeds from it will benefit the Red Cross.