Red Cross Awards Ten "Hometown Heroes"

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They may be your colleague. They could be the person sitting next to you in a restaurant.

Anyone can be hero. Wednesday, the Central Georgia Chapter of the Red Cross recognized ten of them.

They honored individuals or groups that went above and beyond to help others.

Local Red Cross Director Tracy Willis-Kight says the people they recognize as heroes never consider their deeds heroic.

Willis-Kight said, "Every year, I love making the phone call that they are this year's hero, because they are always shocked and humbled. You really have to coach them to accept this award, because they are just truly heroes in the hearts."

One of the heroes was Amanda Farrell from Warner Robins.

Farrell makes custom care packages for deployed troops. She's made more than 3,000 since 2010.

Each one takes about an hour and a half to finish.

She does not make money from the effort. Farrell said, "I just know how important mail is when you're away from home."

Her work started as a service for friends. It's grown into a full time job, with orders coming into from all around the country. She also takes orders through facebook.

She said, "You just tell me what you want. I make it, bill it and send it."

The Red Cross awarded Ferrell in the military category.

She said, "It's really an honor to be called the military hero, because really they're my heros everyday."

The Red Cross renamed the youth hero award this year, in honor of Kody Lucas. He was a Perry High School student who died last year after a long battle with cancer. That award is now called the Kody Lucas Paving the Way Youth Hero Awerd.

Here is a list of all the award recipients:

SSGT Randy Green - Disaster Relief Hero

Colonel Mitchel Butikofer - Community Impact Hero

Amanda Farrell - Military Hero

Andrew Werkheiser - Emergency Response Hero

Macon/Bibb Fire Department; Station 8 - Fire Rescue Hero

Judge Hulane George - Law Enforcement Hero

June O'Neal - Guardian Angel Hero

Katherine Hutto - Guardian Angel Hero

Eldridge Waller - Good Samaritan Hero

Mary Persons High School Class of 2013 - Kody Lucas Paving the Way Youth Hero Award

Willis-Kight says people can nominate heroes for next year's awards by going to their website.

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