The regional American Red Cross on Thursday honored 11 others as Real Heroes in nine categories. They are:
Cloverdale resident Peter Cameron, the Vietnam veteran who co-founded Flower of the Dragon, which became Vietnam Veterans of California and then Veterans Resource Centers of America. It helps veterans obtain housing, employment and access to myriad services.
Law Enforcement Hero
Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman. The suicide of his older brother prompted him to expand outreach to people living with mental illness.
Keary and Sally Sorenson, who live in west Sonoma County and protect wildlife by working to reduce the amount of discarded plastic and other trash that finds its way into waterways and the Pacific.
Dr. Abdul Harris. He overcame the severe challenges of a childhood in a tough part of Los Angeles County to become a Memorial Hospital surgeon who regularly donates his services and inspires youth.
Teacher Becky Fein of Monte Rio. A sexual assault survivor, Fein created the Powerful Voices Project to demonstrate through video that those who have endured such violence can triumph over it and the depression, guilt and other consequences that it can inflict.
Adult Humanitarian Heroes
Dana and Michael Bryant of Rohnert Park don’t forget being homeless and hopeless as they provide addicted women and their children a healing, transitional home through the Bryants’ Crossing the Jordan Foundation.
When the Valley fire hit, Dr. Jeffrey Smith and a corps of volunteers scoured southern Lake County for injured animals and transformed Smith’s Middletown Veterinary Hospital into a charitable crisis-care center.
Youth Humanitarian Hero
Boy Scout Max Nunley of Santa Rosa is credited with saving the life of a toddler he discovered had slipped unseen into a pool during a birthday party.
Rescue Professional Hero
Jim Wright of Cobb, a division chief with Cal Fire who, early on in the Valley fire, let nothing deter him as he led a small team to the rescue of four firefighters overrun by the flames.