RENO, NV - Honoring heroes in our area was the focus of an Annual Red Cross breakfast Thursday morning. This is the 9th year of the event but our community has experienced more hardship and more community response than ever before.
“Usually when people call us it's the worst day of their lives,” explains Reno Fire Captain Mike Pilcher. He says it’s hard watching someone lose everything to fire. He and many of his colleagues feel compelled to help them through that time with their Community Assistance Fund. At one fundraiser, they collected $3,000 for victims of the Caughlin fire.
The breakfast honored hundreds of first responders who leapt into action time and time again for the Amtrak Crash, Air Races Disaster, IHOP shooting, as well as the Caughlin and Washoe Drive fires. It also focused the spotlight on your friends and neighbors who also responded without being asked.
That includes seventh grader Ashlee Smith, of Sparks, who collects and distributes toys and clothes for kids in need. She was awarded a $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington DC, where she will be recognized again in May. Sgt. Jeremiah Mock, who helped victims of the IHOP shooting despite being, wounded himself also received special honors.