22News honors the American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts

Watch the heartfelt stories of those who owe the Red Cross their lives

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Thursday morning, the American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts honored seven hometown heroes; everyday people who do extraordinary things in our communities.

However, for the past 100 years, the American Red Cross has been doing just that. Everyday, their volunteers are out in our cities and towns. It’s their volunteers who have been heroes to so many.

22News wanted to take the time not only to show our support for the American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts, but to honor them and the incredible work they do in our community.

We were able to find five people, all who have been touched by the Red Cross, and their mission to help others. Disaster Relief is one of those missions. One woman lost everything in a Springfield apartment fire. It was the Red Cross that responded that night, to help her and her children get back on their feet.

Another young woman who attends Springfield College, almost lost her mother to a genetic disease called hemochromatosis.  She needed a life saving liver transplant and more than 100 units of blood.  The Red Cross Blood Services unit provided that blood when it was needed most.

And it’s something we should all know: CPR.  One woman is lucky to be alive after her heart stopped hours after her heart transplant. Without the life-saving skills of CPR, skills the Red Cross teaches everyday, she wouldn’t be here with us today.

Another very important Red Cross mission is Services to the Armed Forces.  One woman who was having complications while pregnant, reached out to the Red Cross to help bring her husband who was serving in Iraq back home.

On behalf of 22News, thank you to all of the Red Cross volunteers. Thank you to everyone who’s ever made a blood donation, and thank you to our hometown heroes.

Below are the Hometown Heroes honored on Thursday. Read their stories:

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