DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) — The area Red Cross is putting on its 16th annual Every Day Heroes of Northeast Iowa event, where people from all over the community will be awarded for their heroic acts.
Nicole Breitbach from the local Red Cross says nominations for the awards come in from all across the chapter’s 17 county jurisdiction.
“We have nominations in a variety of categories so there’s your life saving category, volunteerism, we’ve had children in the past that have stepped in, animals too so it’s really a wide range, but really just showing compassion and kind of a commitment to one’s community and going above and beyond.”
One young woman from Dubuque is being awarded at the event. Jaida Kramer is being awarded for saving the life of a classmate after he was hit by a car, nearly a year ago.
“It was kind of just something that I wish someone would do for me if I was in that situation so it wasn’t like I did anything that I wouldn’t do normally, it was just out instinct.”
Kramer, like many of the people nominated as heroes, do not consider themselves a hero at all; rather someone just doing the right thing.
“I’m super lucky to be nominated, but I don’t feel like a hero because there’s people out there that save hundreds of lives.”
The event is the area Red Cross’ biggest fundraiser of the year, raising money for their disaster relief efforts. The event is happening in downtown Dubuque on March 14th at 7:30 a.m.