Six heroes to be honored today
Six local heroes will be honored by the Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Red Cross this morning at a breakfast in Jacksonville.
The 2013 Heroes Breakfast, held from 7:15 to 8:45 a.m. at Bigham Knoll, honors people in five categories — workplace hero, professional rescuer, youth hero, CPR hero and community hero — for demonstrating heroism through extraordinary acts of courage.
The workplace hero is Corinna Morrison, who in March 2012 saved a teenager from choking when she dislodged a piece of food from the youth's windpipe during her shift at the Outback Steakhouse in Medford.
Grants Pass police Officer John Lohrfink and Ashland police Officer Jason Daoust both will be honored as professional rescuers for their actions in separate fires. Lohrfink suffered burns to his face and hands in May 2012 when he rescued a man from an apartment fire. Daoust crawled across an icy roof in March 2012 to rescue two people and a cat from an upper floor of a burning apartment building.
The youth hero is Dillon Huntley, 18, a competitive swimmer who rescued a person at Lost Creek Lake in July 2012.
The CPR hero is John Lopes, who saw a man collapse from an apparent heart attack at the Calvary Temple warming station in Central Point in January 2012 and administered chest compressions until help arrived.
The community hero is Laure Trickel, a coronary care unit nurse at Rogue Regional Medical Center, who created the Heart Ready High Schools Program after two high school students suffered cardiac arrest in 2000 and 2001.