“Everyday Heroes” were honored by the South Whidbey Red Cross on Friday, April 4, at the American Legion Post 141 in Bayview.
Individuals and groups were honored by Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson and Islands Executive Director Mike Stamper at the awards dinner for their contributions and commitment to people in the community.
Sergeant Mark Plumberg, with the Island County Sheriff’s Office, was honored for his work in high profile cases, including his arrest of a dangerous suspect after a car chase in January.
Whidbey CareNet and its founders Petra Martin and R. Leckey Harrison were recognized for forming the organization two years ago to help provide needed counseling and other wellness services to first responders.
Robert Elphick and the 4-HD Video Club youth were celebrated for their work producing the Whidbey Island earthquake video to help people understand and prepare for potential emergencies.
Larry and Libby McCauley of Clinton’s Sound Self-Storage were thanked for providing storage to the Red Cross for disaster supplies.
Re McClung was recognized for organizing the Toys for Tots program of the local Marine Corps Detachment. The program provided toys for 2,000 Whidbey children last December and 10,000 over the past four years.
Wellington Day School youth and teacher Cormac McCarthy were honored for learning about potential disasters on Whidbey Island and creating emergency packs for their families.
Jan Wright on behalf of the Ledgewood Property Owners’ Association and the Whidbey Slide Relief Committee were recognized for their assistance in response to the Ledgewood landslide.
After the awards were presented, the Wellington youth offered cards and letters for the Oso landslide responders. Jan Wright then presented donations from Ledgewood residents for the Red Cross Oso relief effort totaling $1,507.
“We are extremely grateful for the commitment of these recipients to our communities,” Stamper said. “And they obviously will keep on giving of themselves for the benefit of all.”
The recipients of the awards from the South Whidbey unit will be nominated in the Chapter-wide recognition of Real Heroes in Anacortes on May 2.