I am so excited to announce our 2009 Hero Award Winners! We can’t fit the whole story on our blog – so if you’d like to join us at or 2009 Heroes Breakfast – give us a call! 462-2881
Animal Rescue Heroes
Krista Locatelli, Mary Sullivan-White, Lyn Hood and Todd Stosuy
Together, these heroes saved over 900 animals during the Summit, Martin and Trabing Fires of 2008
Jeff saved the life of a classmate who was choking by performing the Heimlich maneuver.
Enrique saved the life of a coworker who had an epileptic seizure in the fields.
Law Enforcement Heroes
Officer Christian Thompson, Officer Guillermo Vazquez and CSO Jesus Tony Mendoza
The three officers helped save the life of a young woman who overdosed on prescription medication.
Rescue Professional Hero
Michael G. Kretsch
Firefighter and Paramedic Michael G. Kretsch responded to several life threatening emergencies in his career. In January of 2008, he saved the life of an 86 year old woman who was caught in a home fire.
Good Samaritan Hero
Wilma helped save the life of a young boy who had fallen into the San Lorenzo River.
Medical Professional Hero
Dr. Diane Bridgeman
Diane established and maintains the Mental Health Disaster Response Team at the Santa Cruz County Red Cross.
After surviving cancer, Carmelita founded the African American Community Health Group of the Central Coast – an organization that provides health information to the often undeserved African American population of the Central Coast.
Maurice “Rick” Ricketts
Maurice is an 86 year old Navy veteran of WWII. He’s been an active member of the VFW since 1979 and has kept the HAM radio station alive since then.
Terry Medina has been in the Santa Cruz Law Enforcement community since 1966. During his tenure, Terry has worked to develop outreach programs to improve the quality of public safety. Terry has been a leader in developing proactive programs that help prevent and deter potential offenders and prevent criminal acts before they occur. Terry will be retiring December 2009.
Eleanor Wasson Award for Excellence in Public Service
Wayne Shaffer is the founder and Board President of Siena House Maternity Home, a safe place for women with crisis pregnancy to stay and learn the skills they need to be successful.