Red-Cross-LogoThe American Red Cross in Roanoke held its annual “Celebration of Heroes” this morning … honoring local emergency responders, public safety officers and others … the keynote speaker was personally impacted by the Red Cross after a plane crash … as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Click below to hear more from Dave Sanderson on surviving a US Airways crash in the Hudson River:

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List of local heroes honored: MEDICAL HERO SPONSORED BY AMERICAN RED CROSS: Dr. Kristina Abraham, Roanoke Valley Speech & Hearing Center;
MILITARY HERO SPONSORED BY LANFORD BROTHERS COMPANY, Bernard Marie Officer of the French National Order of Merit, Advocate for WWII Veterans;
COMMUNITY IMPACT HERO SPONSORED BY AMERICAN RED CROSS, Officer Travis Akins, Roanoke Police Department;
FIREFIGHTER HERO SPONSORED BY SERVPRO Volunteer Firefighter Daniel Norman, Masons Cove Vol. Fire Company;
EDUCATION HERO SPONSORED BY ROANOKE CEMENT Matthew Newton, Fishburn Park Elementary School;
911 DISPATCHER HERO SPONSORED BY AMERICAN RED CROSS Monica Bond, Roanoke County Emergency Communications Center;
EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDER HERO SPONSORED BY RICHFIELD LIVING COMMUNITY Paramedic-Firefighter Brooks Barnett, Roanoke County Fire & Rescue; GOOD SAMARITAN HERO SPONSORED YOKOHAMA Shane Wolford, Lord Botetourt High School;
LAW ENFORCEMENT HERO SPONSORED BY MEMBER ONE FCU Sergeant Erik Mollin, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department ;
WORKPLACE HERO SPONSORED BY KROGER Paramedic-Firefighter David H. Jones, Roanoke County Fire & Rescue;
HERO OF EXTRAORDINARY COURAGE SPONSORED BY AMERICAN RED CROSS Vickie Hopkins