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The American Red Cross honors Mission Viejo Hero

The American Red Cross will honor Mission Viejo resident Greg Vandermade with the “Community Hero Award” at the Orange County Heroes Luncheon at Hotel Irvine on May 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Greg was dubbed a local hero after his quick thinking and actions helped save the life of one of his students. During an athletic conditioning class at Mater Dei High School, a 16-year-old girl collapsed and went into sudden cardiac arrest. Greg, who is the young woman’s coach, immediately called 911 and performed life-saving CPR until paramedics arrived and transported her to Children’s Hospital of Orange County.  The young woman is now living a full life thanks to Greg’s quick response.

The Red Cross serving Orange County Heroes Luncheon is a way to honor inspirational community members and to give thanks to those who otherwise may not be recognized. In addition to the “Community Hero Award,” the Red Cross will honor six other community members who reflect the mission, vision and values of the organization. Proceeds from the luncheon will help the Red Cross respond to disasters big and small. For more information on the event, contact guinevere.endter@redcross.org or visit http://www.redcross.org/local/california/desert-to-the-sea

The City of Mission Viejo congratulates Greg on this prestigious award. We are proud to have wonderful community members that help make Mission Viejo a great place to live.

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