One week from today, we’ll be honoring 11 heroic award recipients at our annual Real Heroes Breakfast in Northeastern New York. The 2018 Real Heroes, to be recognized on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, are:

  • Albany County Sheriff‘s Office of Search & Rescue – receiving the Animal Rescue Award for saving Khaos, a 2-year-old German Shepherd, from a ledge at Thatcher Park
  • Tom and Trey Roohan of Saratoga Springs – receiving the Blood Donor Award for the longevity of their donor history, and continuing the lifesaving gift across generations
  • Duane Vanderwerker and a YWCA staff member – receiving the Good Samaritan Award for heroic collaboration in delivering a baby at the YWCA of Northeastern New York in Schenectady
  • Renee and Mike Fahey of Selkirk – receiving the Good Neighbor Award for their tireless efforts with Street Soldiers, serving people experiencing homelessness in Albany
  • CDTA – receiving the Good Neighbor Award for extending their services during times of crisis
  • City of Amsterdam Police Officers Keelan Zyzes and Eduardo Ortiz – receiving the Law Enforcement Award for their lifesaving acts of CPR and Emergency Response on a 6-week-old baby
  • Mary Judd of Delmar – receiving the Military Award for her empowering program, SongwritingWith:Soldiers, which supports healing through music for veterans, their families, and the community
  • SEFCU – receiving the Military Award for their dedicated work and commitment to veterans in our community through advocacy, collection drives, financial contributions, and volunteerism
  • Anthony Powers of Middle Grove – receiving the Youth Good Samaritan Award for his fearless actions, rescuing survivors of a car accident
  • Scott Klenk of Slingerlands (CDPHP) – receiving the Philly Dake Award for significant contributions, through his commitment and dedication to our community, which exemplify the values and further the mission of the American Red Cross


Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Tri City Rentals, for supporting this year’s inspiring Heroes.

“In finding the courage to act in the face of emergencies, and responding to critical needs in our community, these individuals and organizations embody the mission of the American Red Cross. We look forward to sharing their stories and celebrating them at the 2018 Real Heroes Breakfast.”

– Gary Striar, Regional CEO

The Real Heroes Breakfast will begin at 8:00 A.M. on Tuesday, October 30 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY. Join host John Gray of News10 ABC, along with event chairs Kate Otis and Laura Petrovic, to help the celebrate this year’s Real Heroes. Visit or call (518) 694-5108 by Wednesday, October 24, for tickets to this inspiring community event.