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American Red Cross seeks Real Heroes'

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Pine Tree Chapter award nominations accepted through Sept. 21 at 5 p.m.

BANGOR - The American Red Cross Pine Tree Chapter in Bangor, Maine is accepting nominations for its 16th Annual Real Heroes Breakfast event through Sept. 21 at 5 p.m.

The organization will recognize residents and employees of Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, Washington, Hancock and Knox counties who have demonstrated acts of heroism and shown courage, kindness and unselfish character in service to others. Awards will be considered for acts in the following categories: Public Safety, Life Saving, Youth/Community Service, Military and Animal Rescue.

'Every day, our neighbors commit truly heroic acts that impact Mainers' lives and strengthen the fabric of our community in a dramatic way,' said Darlene MacLeod, president of the Board of Directors of the Pine Tree Chapter in Bangor. 'Most often, these selfless acts receive little fanfare. Please join us in offering a much-deserved salute to these Real Heroes' among us.'

The awards will be presented during a November 8th breakfast ceremony at Jeff's Catering and Events Center in Brewer from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Visit http://www.maineredcross.org/PineTreeHeroes to find complete award criteria and to nominate a 'Real Hero' today. To qualify, the nominated act must have occurred between July 1, 2011 and Sept. 15, 2012.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross in Maine is a charitable organization, not a government agency, and must raise 100 percent of the funds necessary to prepare, connect and respond to the needs of Mainers from local individuals, corporations and foundations. For more information, please visit http://www.maineredcross.org/PineTreeHeroes.

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