“Our annual Hometown Heroes event is a great way to recognize the exceptional people among us,” said Nicole Sirak Irwin, regional CEO of the American Red Cross of Idaho and Montana. “We’re thrilled with the way the local community has rallied around and supported our annual celebration.”
Those honored include Fire Safety Hero Tristan Reding, a Nampa 18-year-old who helped a wheelchair-bound woman out of a burning house; Law Enforcement Hero Kirk Rush, a Boise police sergeant who revived a man who had collapsed in a Downtown parking lot; Military Hero David Jensen, an Idaho Air National Guard staff sergeant who helped the injured victim of a car crash; Youth Hero Bella Rossman, an 8-year-old who saved her great-grandfather's life by calling 911; Animal Rescue Hero the Boise Fire Department, whose firefighters freed a dog whose head was stuck in a steel pipe; Workplace Hero Alicia Benningfield, who rushed to help a colleague who was calling in sick; Water Safety Hero Erica Pearce of Nampa, who rescued a child whose mother had submerged him in a ditch; Blood Donor Hero Michael Wilson, who has donated more than 10 gallons of blood platelets; and Spirit of the Red Cross Hero Charlie Finlayson, a 13-year-old who cared for his injured father in the wilderness, then hiked to find help.
Presented to a member of the Armed Forces (active or retired) whose lifesaving action went above and beyond the call of duty.
SSgt. David Jensen
On August 26, 2015, Staff Sergeant David Jensen of the Idaho Air National Guard and a fellow airman arrived at the scene of a one-car rollover on Highway 51. They quickly realized that the man inside the car was injured and bleeding heavily. Staff Sergeant Jensen was able to wrap a remnant of a blanket around the victim’s head and provided other life-saving care until emergency crews arrived. At that point, he was able to help remove the victim from the car and pass on critical information to the paramedics regarding the victim’s injuries and the treatment he had administered so far. For his actions, Staff Sgt. Jensen was awarded the Idaho Cross, Idaho's highest state award presented to members of the Idaho military division.
Here is the full information about the 2016 Hometown Heroes, provided by the Red Cross: