ANNUAL EVENT RECOGNIZES LOCAL HEROES
Tears were shed at the 11th Annual Humboldt Heroes Luncheon.
"It’s a chance to get reacquainted with the family of the individual I was able to help resuscitate,” Good Samaritan Kevin Barnhart said.
Barnhart is being recognized for putting his knowledge of first aid to use.
"I stopped and helped resuscitate a woman having cardiac arrest on highway 101," Barnhart said.
The annual luncheon benefits the Humboldt County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
"It’s our biggest fundraiser our primary fundraiser of the year and we get a lot of wonderful support from the community," Executive Director Barbara Caldwell said.
Each year, community members who went out of their way to help others are nominated for the award.
This year there were 21 heroes. Some of them are in uniform— being recognized for courageous acts in the line of duty. Others are not your average hero.
"Most of them won't get the recognition and we need to see how important it is to step up to the plate," Caldwell said.
Like Nathan Frey who saved a life.
"We were exploring a hillside and one of the younger boys started screaming and I picked him up and realized he had bees all over him," Frey said.
Frey took it upon himself to watch over his fellow Boy Scout the rest of the day— which is why he is being recognized today.
"I really appreciate the people who nominated me for this award,” Frey said. “It's something I’ll remember forever."
And for those thinking they can’t make a difference Kevin Barnhart has a message for you.
"Take advantage of the education and training out there, you never know when it will come in handy," Barnhart said.