American Red Cross honors four local heroes at Heroes Ball

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DECATUR – The American Red Cross held its 2016 Heroes Ball at the Country Club of Decatur to honor this year’s Heartland Heroes and hear their inspiring stories of courage and dedication.

The event was presented as a night in the “Big Easy” with Cajun cuisine and featured a performance by a New Orleans inspired Jazz and Blues Band. Officials say the night was geared toward expressing their gratitude to their supporters, as well as honoring local heroes who make the American Red Cross’ mission possible.

Four local heroes were honored at the event on Saturday, March 5. Red Cross officials say the following individuals were honored at their Heroes Ball:

  • Reed VanKeuren: Youth Hero
  • Kirk Edgecombe: Red Cross Volunteer Hero
  • Larry Heath: Good Citizen / Everyday Hero
  • David Broadhacker: Armed Forces / Public Service Hero

WAND News covered VanKeuren’s story of heroism back in June 2015, when he saved his grandparents on a kayaking trip.

These four heroes were chosen because they exhibit the common values of courage, initiative, compassion, personal responsibility and humanity. Officials say they feel it is important to recognize these local heroes as “others can be inspired by their unselfish character.”

Saturday’s festivities also included a silent auction, a performance by Davina and the Vagabonds and a Flora Gems Pearl Drawing.

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