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By Lillian Boyd, Dana Point Times

If you know someone who has saved a life, helped a neighbor in need, or made a difference in Orange County, the American Red Cross Serving Orange County is accepting nominations for people who demonstrate “extraordinary courage.”

The Orange County Heroes Luncheon honors local individuals who have made a personal commitment to creating safer and stronger communities and providing help when disaster strikes—in Orange County and beyond. Award recipients will be honored at the event on Friday, May 3 at Hotel Irvine.

“Orange County is home to many whose deeds of courage often go unnoticed,” said Linda Voss, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region, in a press release. “We need the public’s help to identify everyday heroes in our community who we can recognize for their contributions.”

Red Cross is accepting nominations for the following categories: Animal Welfare Hero; Community Hero; Corporate Hero; First Responder; Gift of Life Hero; Service to the Armed Forces Hero; Water Rescue Hero; and Youth Hero. Heroes are nominated by the public and are chosen by an awards selection committee.

All nominees must work or reside in Orange County. The heroic act may have occurred elsewhere, but must either be an ongoing commitment to the community for more than one year or have occurred 12 months preceding the Heroes event.

Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 15. You can submit a nomination form at www.redcross.org/ocheroes or download the form and email it to events.dts@redcross.org. Visit the URL for more details on the nomination categories and the event.

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