Though the twelve award winners at this year's American Red Cross Hometown Heroes Breakfast come from different backgrounds, one thing they have in common is service to the community and others.
Each recipient represents a different kind of hero from military to healthcare to education. Choosing heroes is no easy task. A committee sifted through thirty nominees to find those they consider the best in Perry, Muskingum and Morgan counties.
"We live in a very special community and we do," said Dan Hartman executive director of the Muskingum Valley Red Cross. "Our three counties around here are so close, so tight and when people like this, it just proves there's just a lot of really good people around here."
One of this year's winners is Joey Osborn, who won the Youth Hero Award. She was nominated by students at Eastside Community Ministry where she's the youth program director.
"We always do homework right after school and I noticed these four were not doing what I expected them to do and I gave them a hard time," said Osborn. "The staff had to end up hiding these kids in the laundry room, so they could finish the nomination letters. Sorry."
This is the fourth year for the Red Cross' Hometown Heroes Breakfast. Each hero is on a billboard throughout the city of Zanesville.
The list of winners is as follows:
Military Hero: Bud Johnson
Public Safety Hero: Officer Mike Schiele and Bosco
Youth Hero: Joey Osborn
Healthcare Hero: Marlene Greten
Hero to Pets: Becki Kelso
Education Hero: James McLaughlin
Senior Adult Hero: Dean Littick
Faith in Action: Alice Sines
Work Place Hero: Det. Captain Steve Welker
Perry County Hero: Jim Mickey
Morgan County Hero: Stephanie Adkins
Muskingum County Hero: Daniel Hennessey