Vermont’s ‘Everyday Heroes’ honored at Red Cross’ annual awards

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Four Vermonters and one Vermont organization were honored Tuesday by the region’s American Red Cross chapter for personifying the organizations mission of service.

The New Hampshire and Vermont region held their ‘Everyday Heroes Awards’ at the DoubleTree Hotel in Burlington Tuesday night.

The honorees were:

  • Doug Olufsen of Hinesburg received the Gift of Life Award for more than 40 years of blood donations, totaling some 137 gallons.
  • Sequoia Simonds of Lunenburg received the Call to Action Award for rescuing her mother’s fiance with CPR after he experienced heart failure. 
  • Christina Wiles of Brandon received a Commitment to Community Award for developing a mentoring program that pairs elementary school students with high school mentors. The program is intended to create bonds and reduce bullying. 
  • Michelle LeBlanc also won a Commitment to Community Award. LeBlanc started the non-profit dog training program Vermont Paws & Boots, which helps service men and women suffering from disabilities regain independence with a service dog.
  • The Barnet Good Neighbor Fund won a Commitment to Community Award for a program that uses proceeds from returnable bottles to help community members with emergency financial assistance.

“It’s very humbling to be recognized as an Everyday Red Cross American Hero,” LeBlanc said. “None of us like to be recognized, but it puts the public awareness out there that people are doing really amazing things.”

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