World Red Cross Day

As some of you may know, yesterday was World Red Cross Day. Many people celebrated this great organization by going out and giving blood as their personal contribution to the cause. In Imperial Valley, their American Red Cross Service Center honored some amazing people in their community and named them World Red Cross Day Heroes.

From their Fire and Rescue brigade Lt. Carlos Muñoz was honored for his leadership in the Shipps Auto Wrecking fire and pro-activeness in a 100-acre bush fire behind the Quechan Indian Housing Complex saving any homes from being burned.

From the law enforcement crew, correctional officers Aaron Arreola and Juan Galindo were acclaimed for their surefooted action when they saw a car rollover off the embankment on their way to Santee. They were able to safely remove the driver from the car quickly for fear of a possible explosion.

Good Samaritan Sheila Riley received her recognition for her quick action saving a drowning victim who’s car had careened into the Central Main Canal during a tremendous downpour on July 30th.

Military acknowledgements went out to Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert C. Schavlay for volunteering for the Red Cross relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy in Pleasantville, NJ. Because he showed such outstanding leadership ability, he was then asked to work at the Red Cross headquarters to assist with organization and distribution of disaster supplies.

These extraordinary people are prime examples of the character people are capable of. We here at Sweeney & Sweeney commend their efforts and want to remind everyone else that you don’t have to jump in a river or save someone from a toppled car to be a hero. There are little things we can all do everyday such as just lending some good advice to someone in need, donating blood, volunteer work, etc. Every little bit helps.