Red Cross ‘Heroes of the Year’ Honored

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HONOLULU, HI, October 8, 2012 –  The Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross will be honoring their Heroes of the Year during the Red Cross Heroes Breakfast on October 13, 2012, at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.  The kind, courageous, and selfless deeds of these heroes are directly linked to the Red Cross mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering.  These inspiring individuals demonstrate that inside each human being is a hero, ready to step up to the plate and assist those in need.  Hawaii News Now will be recognizing this week as Red Cross Heroes Week; for more information, please go to

Community Heroes: Lifesaver Heroes – Shannon Yonamine and Billy Newell; Military Hero – Shaun Toy; In the Line of Duty Heroes – Officer Marc Cobb-Adams and Officer Christian Sahlen; Youth Hero – Riggs Silva; Animal Hero – Indy Otsuka.


Volunteers of the Year Heroes: Oahu – Robert Via; East Hawaii – Laurine Carvalho; West Hawaii – Tom Kaneo; Maui – Shannan Pyland.

The Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides assistance to meet the immediate emergency needs of those affected by disasters. All Red Cross assistance to disaster victims is free. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it depends on public contributions to help others. Your gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in your community, across the country and around the world.

To send a contribution, mail your check to: American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816 or make a secure online donation at or call:  (808) 739-8109

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at