Red Cross to salute Blount County heroes

The Blount County American Red Cross will recognize 13 individuals at its seventh Annual Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, May 21. The event will be held again this year at First United Methodist Church in Maryville and the program will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The breakfast is an opportunity to recognize local heroes for their heroic acts, good deeds, and contribution to the safety and well being of the community.

This year, 10 awards will be given to nine individuals and one group who have made significant contributions to the quality of life in Blount County. While the award winners come from all walks of life, they all share one thing in common: they all say they are or were “just doing their job”. The honorees are as follows:

Military Award -- SFC Ken Jones

Medical Award -- Dr. Jane Souther, Blount Memorial Hospital

Animal Rescue Award -- Steve Phipps, Blount County Humane Society

Red Cross Community Service Award -- Tiffany Denyer, Wilderwood Service Dogs

Youth Good Samaritan Award -- Kelsi Muckleroy

Firefighter Award -- Maryville Firefighters Mike Chopin, Tony Clark, Dallas Stephens, and Randall Moore

Emergency Responder Award -- Vicky McClanahan, Rural/Metro

Adult Good Samaritan Award -- Tracy Fair

Law Enforcement Award -- Peter Rivas, Blount County Sheriff’s Department

Betty Proffitt Hale Community Impact Award -- Diane O’Neill

Another highlight of the breakfast is the renaming of the Community Impact Award to the Betty Proffitt Hale Community Impact Award, in honor of the former Blount County Red Cross’s Executive Director and the impact she had on her community. Hale was the executive director of the Red Cross chapter in Blount County from 1994 until her retirement in January of this year.

The Blount County Heroes Breakfast, in addition to offering the opportunity to salute the heroes, is the Red Cross’s largest fundraiser and allows the community an opportunity to support the Red Cross as it responds to disasters and emergencies in Blount County.

This year’s award sponsors for the annual event are: Marriott Business Services, First Tennessee Bank, Blount Memorial Hospital, Rural/Metro, Alcoa, and Denso Manufacturing. Limited seating remains for the breakfast, and the public is invited on a first-come basis. For more information on the Heroes Breakfast and to support the local Red Cross, please call the Blount County Chapter at 865-983-0821.

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