The Red Cross is seeking nominations for this year’s local heroes.

The Northwest Wisconsin Heroes Breakfast honors ordinary people with extraordinary courage. Nominees often include those who have saved a life or made a difference in their communities. The annual event has honored more than 130 people over the past two decades.

The breakfast is scheduled for March 9, 2022, but nominees are needed now.

“We’re asking for the public’s help to identify individuals and groups that are deserving of recognition for their positive impact,” said Mary Jane Thomsen, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Wisconsin Northwest Region. “Your hero could be a colleague, family member, neighbor or friend who performed a selfless act of bravery or improved their community.”

Honorees can fall into seven categories: adult good Samaritan, youth good samaritan (age 18 or younger), community hero, from the heart hero, lifetime hero, military hero, and health care hero. Full descriptions of the categories are available at

Nominees may come from any of the Red Cross Northwest Wisconsin Chapter’s 17 counties: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pierce, Pepin, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor and Washburn. Nominations are due Dec. 31, 2021.

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