American Red Cross to Honor Local Heroes of the Heartland

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The Ottumwa Office announces winners for the local event.

OTTUMWA, IOWA – MARCH 30, 2012. The American Red Cross of Ottumwa is celebrating and honoring common citizens, the unheralded and unselfish pillars of our community. On Friday, April 20th, from 7:00 to 9:00am, the American Red Cross will honor the following individuals at their Annual Heroes of the Heartland celebration:

Kevin Eklofe, Jason Van Antwerp, Randall Fisher, Jeremy Burnside, Leif Stokes – all from Ottumwa, IA – Rescued people from a plane crash.
Jim Keller – Albia, IA – Welcome Home Soldier Monument and Community dedication
Dr. Ryan Van Maanen – Ottumwa, IA – Ottumwa Free Medical Clinic
Kathy Burris – Fairfield, IA – McCreery Cancer Center Nurse
Dale and Eleanor Uehling – Ottumwa, IA – Life Long Commitment to Foster Children
Bobby Heriford – Centerville, IA – Rescued two people from a burning home

The Heroes of the Heartland event will take place at the Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa. A breakfast will be served, followed by the presentation of awards which will begin at approximately 7:30 am.

For more information, please contact Brandon Holstrom at 641-682-4571 or e-mail

The Heroes of the Heartland Event helps support programs and services of the American Red Cross.

About the American Red Cross

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 is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at



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