Cape Cod Red Cross Announces Honorees for Annual Heroes Breakfast

The honorees of the 15th Red Cross Cape, Islands and Southeastern Massachusetts Heroes Breakfast in April 2017.

HYANNIS – More than two dozen men and women who have made a difference in the community will be honored this spring at the Red Cross Heroes Breakfast.

The 16th annual event will recognize individuals on Cape Cod, the Islands and Southeastern Mass who have saved a life, helped someone in need or served the community in an extraordinary way.

The class of 2017, which includes 25 heroes, will be honored April 13 at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.

“We’ve got amazing life saving stories. We have a wonderful youth hero from Nantucket, and some pretty amazing professional heroes,” said Hilary Greene, the executive director of the Cape, Islands and Southeastern Mass chapter of the Red Cross.

There were 56 nominations for 2017 and Greene said it was a tough task to narrow down the list.

“Every year it gets harder and harder because the communities participate so much in wanting to honor the people that do great things for them,” Greene said.

This year’s Community Impact Hero recipient is David Willard, who retired after working for 50 years with Cape Cod 5 and served on several local non-profit boards.

“Dave was an easy choice,” Greene said. “He would lend a hand to any non-profit. He would work with the Cape Cod 5 Foundation to get them support, but he was always willing to listen and bring some great ideas and he really made a difference in our entire community.”

A full list of heroes being honored are:

Community Impact Hero:

  • David Willard, Orleans

Life Saving Heroes:

  • Robert Robello & Lila Burke, Mashpee
  • Kathy O’Neill, Mashpee 
  • Paul Hoy, Mansfield
  • Lance Benjamino, Hanson
  • Mark Adams- West Yarmouth; Linda Backus- Harwich; Austin Davis- Hyannis 
  • Thomas H. Lanman, III, Cotuit
  • John McLaughlin, Brockton
  • Melissa Averinos, West Barnstable
  • David Sprague, West Tisbury

Community Service Heroes:

  • Lori Miranda, Dennis
  • Barry Sanders, Taunton
  • Robert Hollis, Plymouth

Armed Forces Hero:

  • AST3 Brendan Kiley, USCG Air Station Cape Co

Professional Heroes:

  • Matthew Bass- MA Environmental Police; Adam C. Murphy- Ass’t. Harbormaster, Town of Marion; Michael Margulis- Commercial Diver 
  • Jake Avery, Town of Barnstable Lifeguard
  • Deputy Sheriff Eric Iverson- Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office

Youth Hero:

  • Luke Stringer, Nantucket

Individual With Disabilities Hero:

  • Cory Palazzi, Taunton


Red Cross Heroes:

  • Paul & Carol Neuger, Duxbury

Tickets for the event are available here.

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