Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - October 25, 2013

We are looking for Heroes, and one in particular

Wanted: Name of the Hero who saved the life of a woman Aug. 26 on I-580

Ernest Hemingway said, "As we get older it is harder to have heroes --but because of that it is all the more necessary."

Few have understood the need for heroes more than Hemingway, author of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "The Old Man and the Sea" - though our readers certainly come close.

We are once again putting out a call for nominations and sponsorships for the annual Tri-Valley Heroes awards - our salute to the community members dedicated to bettering the Tri-Valley and its residents.

After the typical flood of nominations rolls in, our panel of "hero" judges will bestow honors in eight categories:

Arts and Culture: For acknowledgment/recognition of achievements or contributions within the area of arts and culture. 2012 recipient:: Jeff Seaberg

Community Spirit: For selfless, tireless and largely unacknowledged actions that have enriched or improved the quality of life for the local community. 2012 recipient: Chris Miller

Courage: For an act of bravery or for determination and strength of character to triumph over adversity. 2012 recipient: Sandra J. Wing

Environmental Stewardship: A group or individual committed to minimizing risks and conserving and recycling, thereby reducing the impact of our business on the community and natural resources. 2012 recipient: Sustainable Danville Area

Innovation: A person, group or business that applies innovative ideas or programs to enhance the community. 2012 recipient: Richard Price, San Ramon Fire Protection District

Rising Star: An individual between 10 and 18 whose services directly benefit Tri-Valley citizens through outstanding volunteer work, serving as a community role model, mentor or demonstrating random acts of kindness. 2012 recipient: Claire Williams

Role Model: For displaying common sense, compassion and wisdom while teaching, coaching and mentoring others with a vision for people to strive to be the best they can be. 2012 recipient: Cassandra Bankson

Lifetime Achievement: Recognizes an individual or group for contributions, leadership, enthusiasm, and tireless efforts on behalf of his or her community and neighbors. 2012 recipient: Bob Tucknott

We want to recognize those individuals, groups or organizations that stand out because of their actions, integrity or honor, whether that hero is a firefighter who rescues a child from a burning house, the girl who is courageously battling leukemia, the business that allows its employees to mentor teens, or the neighborhood group that cleans up the creek.

Individuals who live or work in Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, Alamo or Livermore are eligible, as are organizations and businesses headquartered in these communities. If you know a person, organization or group deserving of recognition, complete the nomination form at tinyurl.com/Tri-ValleyHeroes. Nominations can also be emailed directly to gallen@embarcaderomediagroup.com, but make sure all the information requested on the form is included. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Nov. 1.

WE ARE SEARCHING FOR ONE HERO IN PARTICULAR!

At approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, there was an auto accident on I-580 West just past the I-680 North ramp. A Volvo crashed into a barrier and the car was totaled. The driver of the Volvo had suffered a heart attack. Someone who was driving behind the Volvo stopped to assist and realized the driver had no pulse. By the grace of God, this man had a defibrillator in his trunk! He started the driver's heart and took her to ValleyCare Medical Center.

We want to honor this man for saving the life of a dear friend! Do you know who he is? Please contact Gina Channell-Allen at 600-0840 or gallen@embarcaderomediagroup.com.

We still need sponsors too! Current sponsors are: Safeway, San Ramon Regional Medical Center, Hilton Pleasanton at the Club, Monterey Private Wealth, Gene's Fine Foods and Harrington Art Partnership.

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