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      Red Cross volunteers recognized at awards ceremony

      The American Red Cross Texas Panhandle and Eastern Texas Panhandle Chapters welcomed its supporters to a special chapter awards event on Thursday, June 19 to honor its Everyday Heroes who give of themselves and in some way help their community.

      "Every year each Red Cross chapter in the North Texas Region takes the time to honor, recognize and thank their hardworking volunteers," said Steve Pair, executive director, American Red Cross Texas Panhandle Chapter. "Being able to award our volunteers, the heart of our organization, is one of our highest priorities. Personally, it's one of the events I look forward to the most."

      The Texas Panhandle Chapter, with help from nominations and the Regional Awards Team, recognized a variety of achievements that occurred throughout the year. The awards and recipients included:

      Texas Panhandle Winners:

      Mentorship Award - Mary York

      Community Spirit Award - Bell Helicopter

      Rookie of the Year Award - Jacob Reddoch

      Exceptional Volunteer Service, Disaster Preparedness & Response - Brady Christian

      Exceptional Volunteer Service, Service to the Armed Forces - Mryl Betts

      Chapter Employee of the Year - Steve Pair

      Chapter Volunteer of the Year - David Watson

      Easter Texas Panhandle Winners:

      Community Spirit Award - Phillips 66

      Citation of Exceptional Service - Celebration Family Church

      Exceptional Volunteer Service, Volunteer Initiative - Timberly Lomeli

      Chapter Volunteer of the Year - Warren & Rita Kretzmeier

      As a community-based, humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families - in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

      Whether it's one displaced family or thousands of disaster victims, the work of the Red Cross is made possible by volunteers. Making up 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce, volunteers help the Red Cross respond to nearly 70,000 disasters each year.