Recognizing Hometown Heroes

by Emily Baird on November 9, 2010 at 6:15 am

When you turn on your TV, it’s often plagued with depressing headlines.

The Muskingum Valley Red Cross says people start to forget about the good in our area, which is why it recognizes 12 individuals every year. The annual Hometown Heroes breakfast will be held this Friday morning at North Terrace Church of Christ.

"When you walk out of there, you feel so good about yourself and your community. It’s the most heartwarming 90 minutes that you’re going to spend," says Marlene Henderson of the Muskingum Valley Red Cross.

30 nominations were sent in, and an appointed committee had the difficult task of selecting 12 recipients.

"I think, how are we going to top last year’s heroes? The nominations came in, and we do. There’s so many good people in Muskingum, Perry, and Morgan counties," says Henderson.

The 12 Hometown Heroes range from a 12-year-old boy, who reacted to an unexpected emergency situation, to a woman, who gave up her kidney to a young girl in need.

Here’s a complete list of the recipients:

-Todd Whiteman (Education Hero)

-Kenny Wheeler (Senior Adult Hero)

-Logan Bowman (Military Hero)

-Mike Henderson (Public Safety Hero)

-Stacey James (Work Place Hero)

-Pat Chambers (Faith Based Hero)

-Martha Purkey (Health Care Hero)

-Lori Gaitten (Perry County Hero)

-Cindy Barringer (Morgan County Hero)

-Liz Burrier (Muskingum County Hero)

-Shae Burkhart (Youth Hero)

-Jennifer Durant (Hero to Pets)