12 Treasure Valley heroes who went above and beyond to help others

Citizens who go above and beyond to help others are honored.

awebb@idahostatesman.comJune 20, 2014 

A few of the stories of this year's class of American Red Cross Hometown Heroes might be familiar to readers - that of retired Boise Police Lt. Alan Cavener, for instance, who noticed a driver going the wrong way on the freeway and pursued. He got the confused driver to slow down enough that he could reach the steering wheel and direct the car off the road.

Other heroic stories were more under the radar, at least until Thursday, when the local Red Cross feted 12 honorees at the Riverside Hotel in categories that ranged from animal rescue to blood drive volunteering.

Recipients were:

• Youth Heroes: Chas and Tess LeBreton, Eagle High School. During a severe storm, the siblings used a loader from a nearby farm to lift a fallen tree from a vehicle, allowing emergency crews to reach an injured man inside.

• Animal Rescue Hero: Dr. Chad Hunt, Intermountain Animal Hospital. Hunt's Boise program, Canine Blood Heroes, enlists the help of 23 canine blood donors to help save other dogs' lives.

• Workplace Hero: Wayne Rancourt, Boise Cascade. On his way to a business meeting in San Francisco, Rancourt helped victims of a rollover accident, using his suit jacket and shirt to treat a man's bleeding head wound.

• Medical Hero: Moses Salazar, Ada County Parks and Waterways. Salazar had been CPR-certified for just two weeks when he dislodged a peanut from the throat of a choking infant at a baseball game in Nampa.

• Blood Donor Hero: Stan Voshell, Boise. Voshell began donating blood platelets decades ago when his wife was diagnosed with cancer. Over a 25-year period, he has donated about 380 times.

• Blood Drive Volunteer Hero: Carole Munn, Caldwell. Munn has been staffing and coordinating Red Cross blood drives in Caldwell for 47 years. She estimates that she's helped collect more than 14,000 units of blood in that time.

• Fire Hero: Capt. Randy Christensen, Boise Fire Department. During a house fire, Christensen noticed an imminent collapse, helping several firefighters get to safety.

• Water Hero: Clay Kenyon, Timberline High School. Kenyon rescued a woman who had fallen into the New York Canal. He towed her to safety and stayed with her until help arrived.

• Military Hero: Sgt. Craig Petersen, Mountain Home Air Force Base. After witnessing a high-speed car crash, Petersen helped victims and kept bystanders away from leaking fuel until help arrived.

• Spirit of the Red Cross Award: Chief Dennis Doan, Boise Fire Department. Doan flew to Salt Lake City in December 2013 to donate bone marrow to an anonymous recipient. He learned later through Facebook that the recipient was an 18-month-old Oregon boy.

The Red Cross selected the 12 heroes from nominees across the Treasure Valley, said Charlotte Wiemerslage, communications director for the Idaho Region.

Anna Webb: 377-6431

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