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ELKO — On Saturday evening, the local chapter of American Red Cross identified and honored those in the community who have gone above and beyond to help others.

In the case of six-year-old Coral Brown, the call to aid came when her older sister fell to the ground with a seizure.

Brown was just five at the time of the incident, but she acted well above her years and took all the right steps to save her sister. 

“Tonight is a special night,” said Red Cross Program Coordinator Bailey Billington. “We take the time to honor community members who have gone out of their way to help others. Part of our program involves teaching all members of society the steps to take in the time of need. We are especially proud of our educational services for area youth that teach children to call 911.”

Although Brown was the youngest person to be recognized, there were many others in the crowded banquet room at the Red Lion Hotel & Casino who are true leaders in Elko.

The awards were presented as follows: 

Youth Hero: Coral Brown for saving her sister’s life

Adult Community Hero: Beth Scott for donating a kidney to Amber Weiss Young

Unsung Hero: Les Brown and all of the members of POW/MIA for supporting and honoring all of our armed forces, past, current and future.

Animal Hero: Dr. Jack Walther for donating countless hours of his time to the Elko Animal Shelter and for creating the Dumke-Weeks Spay/Neuter Clinic.

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Education Hero: Elayne Howell for inspiring and assisting all of her Wells High School students.

Military Hero: Sgt. Katherine Behling for organizing a blood drive after returning from duty in Iraq and for organizing programs to help soldiers deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Workplace Safety Hero: Jon Mathes for selflessly assisting others involved in a work-related accident before seeking attention for his own injuries.

Law Enforcement Hero: Detective Corporal Jonathan “Rick” Moore for many work-related duties, including gaining accreditation for Elko’s bomb squad.  


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