Red Cross Honors Local Heroes on April 7th

21 heroes to be honored at signature event
The 2016 class of local Red Cross Heroes. Red Cross photo.

The American Red Cross of the Cape, Islands & Southeast MA will once again honor local community members who have done extraordinary things at its 15th Annual Heroes Breakfast, April 7th at The Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.

At the breakfast, the Red Cross is proud to showcase how local heroes change lives. Selfless heroics- whether through saving a life or enriching and transforming lives over the years of service to our community- make a difference in the Cape, Islands and Southeast MA communities. This year we are proud to honor Joanne Peterson as special guest presenter and Hero. Ms. Peterson is the Founder and Executive Director of Learn to Cope, a non-profit peer-led support group for parents and family members coping with loved one addicted to opiates or other drugs. Learn to Cope has 25 chapters in Massachusetts, 2 in Florida and one in Boise Idaho, serving over 7600 people.

Sheriff James Cummings, Barnstable County Sheriff, is this year’s Honorary Chair. Sheriff Cummings has been a supporter of the Heroes Breakfast almost since its inception in 2003 and has been a leader in treating inmates who suffer from substance abuse. Sheriff Cummings implemented a Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program (RSAT) for the inmates at the county correctional facility and has received national recognition for its success in reducing recidivism.

This year’s emcee will be Colonel Virginia Doonan, Commander of the 102nd Intelligence Wing. Col.Doonan is a board member of the local Red Cross chapter, and is the first female Commander of the 102nd IW.

This year’s list of heroes includes three people who donated an organ to someone in need, eight people who helped save a life, local Red Cross volunteers who helped victims of disaster all over our country, community service and impact heroes who truly made a difference in our communities by their unselfish work to help others and youth, professional and Armed Forces heroes; a total of twenty-one heroes.

The Heroes Class of 2016:

Community Impact Hero:

  • Cape Air

Life Saving Heroes:

  • Clifton Robinson, Oak Bluffs
  • Olivia Underwood, Eastham
  • James Creed, Plymouth
  • Robin Ireland, Plymouth
  • Charles Cassella, South Yarmouth
  • Jorge Arias, posthumously
  • Kimberlee Range, Cotuit
  • Ross Klun, Buzzards Bay
  • Kristin Sterns-Stewart, Harwich
  • Victoria Kenny, South Yarmouth
  • Michael Forte, Mashpee

Professional Heroes

  • Fairhaven Police Department; Sgt. Michael Botelho, Det. Sgt. Matthew Botelho, Detective Scott Gordon, Detective Jerald Bettencourt, Officer Kevin Chase, Officer Alexander Kisla, Officer Scott Coelho, Dispatcher Marie Burgess
  • Cape Cod Hospital Maternity & Pediatrics; Dr. Sharon Daley, Dian Birch, Rosanna Burke, Daniel Rodriques

Armed Forces Heroes:

  • Captain Elise Ellsworth, Halifax
  • Petty Officer Scott Hunter, Forestdale

Youth Hero:

  • Nicholas Gelson, West Barnstable

Community Service Heroes

  • Joel Crowell, East Dennis
  • Nanette Davidson, Marstons Mills
  • Jeanne Flynn, Bourne


Red Cross Heroes

Local chapter Red Cross volunteers who deployed to disasters throughout our country in 2016

Join us as we celebrate our heroes and the community we live in. Become a sponsor, buy a table, or buy tickets (before they sell out) and meet these very special people. Through your generosity we are able to raise the funds needed to continue providing assistance to the communities we serve. For tickets and sponsorship information, please visit welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on