Local nominees to be Heroes of the Heartland

The American Red Cross will be honoring five individuals or groups Thursday for the efforts to make a difference in the life of another or their communities.

The fourth annual Heroes of the Heartland luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Willow Ridge Restaurant and Golf Course,1788 Madison Ave.

Those who will be honored this year are Dr. Lee and Meredith Berryhill, Jeff Burke, Mark Gargano, and Iowa State Patrol troopers Neil Morenz and Mark Anderson.

Honorees, who were nominated, have done various things to make an impact.

“We try to honor our everyday heroes. These are ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” said Bob Kirschbaum, Red Cross chapter support officer. “These are people right in our own backyards who are great role models.”

Whether they have saved a life or are active in the community, they are honored for their contributions to their communities.

“We recognize the heroes of everyday,” said Kara Kelly, regional communications officer for the American Red Cross Greater Northwest Iowa Area. “Sometimes we honor lifesaving efforts and others are dedicated to their communities whether that be through volunteering or something like participation in community theater. We look for the people who have gone above and beyond to be extraordinary people.”

The luncheon is open to the public. Reservations can be made by going to the Red Cross website at american.redcross.org. Admission is free, but donations to the American Red Cross will be accepted.

The Fort Dodge Senior High music department will provide entertainment during the event.