Be A Hero
Highlighting volunteers who make a difference in their communities in many ways, with the hope of inspiring others to volunteer, and be a hero.
info_outline Disaster Health/Mental Health Workers 05/05/2020
Disaster Health/Mental Health Workers Disaster health and mental health workers have long played a pivotal role at the American Red Cross. As we prepare to observe National Nurses Week beginning Wednesday, May 6, Renee Palagyi, the Senior Disaster Program Manager for the Northeast Ohio Region and a registered nurse talks about some of her experiences, after responding to disasters like the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas, and last year's mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. And Jackie Otte, a disaster mental health volunteer leader discusses how mental health workers are assisting people during the COVID-19 crisis.
info_outline Disaster Responders and COVID-19 03/23/2020
Disaster Responders and COVID-19 Regional Disaster Officer Tim O'Toole describes the steps being taken to ensure the health and safety of Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) members when responding to emergencies during the COVID-19 crisis. And DAT member Sara Buddner explains why she is willing to continue responding to disasters despite the threat posed by the coronavirus.
info_outline 2020 Acts of Courage Award Winners Part II 03/10/2020
2020 Acts of Courage Award Winners Part II Gregg Whiteman of GOJO Industries, Jacob Thompson of the U. S. Coast Guard, Akron municipal worker Brian Linder, Akron Fire Lieutenant Doug Price and Firefighter Marcus Council, and Akron schoolteacher Barb Fisher are all featured in this episode.
info_outline 2020 Acts of Courage Winners - Pt. 1 02/14/2020
2020 Acts of Courage Winners - Pt. 1 Six of the 12 winners of the 2020 Acts of Courage Awards from the American Red Cross of Summit, Portage and Medina Counties are featured in this episode. They include a maintenance worker whose mechanical skills helped a man start breathing again; two Medina police officers who helped rescue people and pets from a burning house; and three bystanders who intervened to help save the life of a mother and her young children.
info_outline Another Life Saved 01/20/2020
Another Life Saved Barbara Kovolenko a is living testament to the value of having working smoke alarms in your home. She survived a home fire after being roused from her bed in the middle of the night. She and Olmsted Township Fire Chief Patrick Kelly recount the night of the fire in June, 2019, and the simple act that saved her life.
info_outline Sue Richter Episode 5 01/02/2020
Sue Richter Episode 5 After celebrating her 50th anniversary with the American Red Cross in 2019, Sue Richter discusses her trailblazing career, from the time she spent in Vietnam to her ascent to Division Vice President. There's a story in how she reluctantly met her husband. And of the many Red Cross heroes she admires, she singles one out for making a big impact on her life
info_outline Be a Hero Holiday Episode 12/24/2019
Be a Hero Holiday Episode Regional CEO Mike Parks experienced what he considers to be a miracle one week before Christmas Eve. And one week before Christmas, several children who went through the trauma of a home fire in 2019 experienced the miracle of holiday gifts, thanks to generous employees of TravelCenters of America and Red Cross volunteers. This is a special holiday episode of Be a Hero.
info_outline Kristin Palocko-Episode 3 12/16/2019
Kristin Palocko-Episode 3 Diagnosed with Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP), critical care nurse Kristin Palocko needed plasma exchanges to survive. Red Cross blood donors provided that plasma, for which Kristin is very grateful, even though she had to miss her wedding dress fitting. Her last treatment came on her 23rd birthday. "It was kind of a surreal experience, but overall I can say I was very blessed." Kristin is now a blood drive volunteer. And she was able to keep her original wedding date.
info_outline Harvey Johnson-Episode 2 12/03/2019
Harvey Johnson-Episode 2 Harvey Johnson defines Red Cross Humanitarian Services as responding to emergencies - all kinds of emergencies - not just disasters. He explains how his lengthy military career helped prepare him for his current mission, and how the Red Cross helps those in the military and their families. And he describes one of the moments that has impressed him most in his time with the Red Cross.
info_outline Rob Griggs - Be A Hero Episode 1 11/12/2019
Rob Griggs - Be A Hero Episode 1 A fire in Norwalk, Ohio in January 2018 claimed the lives of three people, and forever affected the surviving family members. There were no working smoke alarms in the home. Rob Griggs, who lost his parents and a younger brother in that fire, is now on a crusade to make sure every home has working smoke alarms. In this interview, he talks about being notified of the tragedy, learning of the lack of smoke alarms, and how he's helping the Red Cross Sound the Alarm to help save lives. Lake Erie/Heartland Chapter Executive Director Lara Kiefer also explains the vital role board members like Rob play in helping the Red Cross meet its mission.