Mar 1, 2017 10:29 PM

American Red Cross awards Granite Staters with Everyday Heroes Awards

CONCORD - Many Granite Staters recognized by the American Red Cross expressed their excitement and shock as recipients for the Everyday Heroes Award.

Watch the stories that led these locals to the Everyday Heroes Awards

Bev McKinley of Enfield said she was humbled to receive the award, which is celebrated all over the country, honoring people who personify the American Red Cross mission of service and help in local community.

Bev founded Silent Warriors in 2013 after recognizing a large number of homeless people while volunteering for HAVEN in Portsmouth. She decided by creating this organization she could help supply those in need with supplies.

"I realized that [the homeless] needed equipment to survive outdoors," Bev said.

Bev supplies items such as sleeping bags and tents, which she keeps in a warehouse located in West Lebanon.

A frequent viewer of the Silent Warriors' Facebook page nominated Bev for this award.

Dylan Cummings of Nashua said he was "still kind of in shock" after being nominated for the award. Dylan helped a man suffering from cardiac arrest after he crashed in front of Lovering Volvo where he works.

"I gave him CPR and brought him back to life," Dylan said, adding that he learned CPR from a training given by the American Red Cross. He's heard the man is doing well.

Erin and Derek Trembley of Manchester are looking to promote the importance of blood donations after Erin received about 50 units of blood to stabilize her after complications arose following the birth of her daughter.

The Trembley family has become blood donor advocates while promoting and sharing their story in hopes that others become donors as well.

Melissa Lee of Franklin is helping develop relationships with senior citizens and local fire departments while aiding with fire prevention. Melissa serves as the coordinator of "Senior Safety Day," a partnership between LRG Healthcare and 14 fire departments in the Lakes Region.

Melissa explained that "many of us work on this program" to help educate, prepare and install smoke detectors in the homes of senior citizens.

"This gives fire departments the opportunity to meet people when they're having a good day," Melissa said.

Girl Scout Troop 20001 of Auburn are helping kids, including those who are too shy to speak up, to find a friend. The troop installed a buddy bench to help encourage friendship.

"A buddy bench is for kids who feel left out and don't have anyone to play with," Girl Scout Alexa Grillo told the American Red Cross.

Soon after the installation of the bench, it was defaced, but this did not damper the spirits of the Girl Scouts. A concerned citizen created a GoFundMe page on the girl's behalf and a new bench will be installed soon.

Unitil received the American Red Cross Corporate Hero Award for their commitment to stronger, safer communities. Unitil has proudly partnered with American Red Cross regions in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine.

Donations to the American Red Cross are accepted on their website.

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