The American Red Cross will honor seven individuals in the Badger State at the An Evening of Heroes Event tomorrow including one from Lake Mills.
According to its website, American Red Cross Heroes are ordinary people whose actions embody the values of the Red Cross, and demonstrate the potential that is in all of us. Whether they’re stepping up during a medical emergency to provide assistance, or helping others through a lifetime of volunteerism, Heroes reflect what is best about our community.
Al Covert of Lake Mills will be recognized as the Adult Good Samaritan after using CPR and AED training to save the life of a co-worker who collapsed during a lunch break. He provided care to that person until emergency personnel arrived and saved his life.
American Red Cross Heroes
Hero of a Lifetime – John Dischler (Plain)
John has dedicated his life to helping others! He has been a volunteer with the Plain Fire Department since 1977 and an EMT since 1982. By coincidence, this evening will be celebrating his 74th birthday and a special surprise is in store for him.
Adult Good Samaritan – Al Covert (Lake Mills)
On December 15, 2016, Al used his CPR and AED training to save the life of a co-worker who collapsed during a lunch break. Knowing what do to, Al immediately stepped-in and provided care until paramedics arrived. Al saved Joe Blum’s life that day! This presentation incorporates Joe’s family with a very personal message to their life-saver.
Community Hero – Michael Krause (Brodhead)
On September 8, 2016, Michael heard screams for help coming from the river outside his Brodhead home. Acting quickly, Michael took his boat up the river and rescued three children, before they went over the dam below, and provided safe return to shore until EMS arrived.
From the Heart Hero – Nalani Bever (Wilton)
For the past 25-years, Nalani has been coordinating Wilton blood drive four times a year; single handedly providing thousands of patients with this life-saving gift. Not only is she a strong proponent of the importance of blood donations, she is even a donor herself.
Youth Good Samaritan – Stephanie Barrera-Gonzalez (Madison)
In 2015, Stephanie was a founding member of the Explorer Post 911, a group designed to give young adults exposure to the law enforcement field. She has volunteered countless hours with various MPD outreach activities and is also a role model for children in the MPD South Side Soccer Series. She is a recent LaFollette High School graduate and currently attending Madison College
Military Hero – Travis Michelena (Onalaska)
This U.S. Army Captain has demonstrated incredible heart for his community by volunteering numerous hours to various organizations and causes. With Team Rubicon, an organization focused on current and retired military members, Travis worked in Viroqua mucking-out flood damaged homes. He has also led numerous projects in the Fort McCoy community.
Emergency Response Hero – Kathleen Riffenburg (Middleton)
After hearing of a local child diagnosed with cancer, Middleton Police Officer Kathleen Riffenburg stepped-in to help. She brought the Middleton Police and Fire Departments together for a charity Battle of the Badges softball game. Since August 2012, this fundraiser has grown each year to support a local family with medical expenses. Over the years, the event has raised more than $20,000.