American Red Cross of Utah honors local heroes

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The American Red Cross held its annual Everyday Heroes Recognition Event at the Little America Hotel on Thursday morning.

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that gives emergency assistance after any type of disaster in the United States.

The annual event shares stories and recognizes people who have done incredible things here in our community. Like a man who helped save a trooper who was being attacked. A woman volunteering with cancer patients after beating cancer herself. A teenager who attacked a carjacker to save herself and her little sister. And a man who has donated the gift of life 176 times. (see video)
“I know there are a lot of people out there that have some of my blood in their veins.”  Gary Norton can say that – because has been donating blood on a regular base for about 40 years. He says – simply put – it’s his way of helping others. “I’ve always wanted to be in the medical profession – save someone’s life. I wasn’t smart enough to go through school so, I thought what better way than donating blood.” 

And the 81-year-old has donated a lot of blood. Twenty-two gallons or 176 pints, and counting. And for that –  the Red Cross is honoring him as one of its everyday heroes. I don’t know what to say. I’m not after recognition or anything like that. But I feel very honored.”  But Gary knew what to say when he had a chance to talk to all of us. “I challenge everybody who can donate to please donate. How else can you save a life on regular bases.”  And like the other Red Cross heroes being recognized at the event, Gary says – its all about helping.  “All these people have one thing in mind. Help someone. To help someone in need.” 


Family Hero – Josslyn Millam
Man carjacks vehicle with kids in the backseat, 13-year-old girl puts up a fight to save her sister

First Responders – Chris and Keith Judd
Off-duty Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and husband rescue man trapped under car in Utah County

Gift of Life Hero – Gary Norton
Provo man has donated more than 22 gallons of life-saving blood

Global Citizenship – Samira Harnish
Utah woman receives award from United Nations for work with refugee women

Good Samaritan – Francis Rendon
UTA FrontRunner operator rescues a child with autism from danger

Law Enforcement Hero – Officers Robert Jackson, Lacy Turner, Cade Bradshaw and Sgt. Shawn McKinnon
Kaysville police officers save man who set himself on fire

Medical Rescue – Matt Stein
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) pilot completes 3,000th rescue mission

Military Hero – Darren Phillips
Utah veteran uses military training to stop man wrestling Wyoming state trooper 

Youth Good Samaritan – Chase Hansen
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