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Joplin Everyday Heroes honored by American Red Cross


A number of heroes were recognized Friday in Joplin. The Red Cross held a luncheon at the Holiday Inn to honor "Joplin Everyday Heroes".

Those honored included neighbors, co-workers and other everyday people who went above and beyond the call of duty in a time of need.

One hero honored, Sgt. Ron Greer of the Granby Police Department, saved the life of a choking infant.

"When I got into this, I never really thought of getting any kind of awards or anything like that," says Sgt. Greer. "I just wanted to do the best I could for the community I was working for."

"Get the community involved and understanding the people in their community that do amazing things that are just outside of the realm what everybody considers a hero," says Jackie Kennedy, an Executive Board Member of the Red Cross.

Honored were:

  • Wade Atkeson - helps elderly and disabled people in his neighborhood
  • Robin Child, engineer at Ozark Electric Cooperative - rescued a grandmother and her three grandchildren from a house fire
  • Sgt. Ron Greer, Granby Police - saved a choking infant
  • Jerrod Hogan - helps Rebuild Joplin and Bright Futures
  • John Lair - coaches Special Olympic athletes
  • Kristi Seibert, a breast cancer survivor - an advocate for local women who have breast cancer and supports them throughout their treatment

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