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WATERLOO (KWWL) – Do you know someone who has done an amazing act to help someone else? Someone you would consider a hero? You have the opportunity to honor that hero in your life. The Sartori Health Care Foundation and Covenant Foundation's "Heroes Among Us" Awards Breakfast is the perfect place to recognize these individuals.

Nominations are being accepted for this joint venture to honor local heroes as well as benefit the emergency services departments at both Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo and Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls. The 2009 Heroes will be honored for their heroism on March 25, 2010 at Park Place Event Centre in Cedar Falls.

The public is encouraged to nominate individuals or groups who they feel risked their lives, have done something extraordinary for a group or organization or demonstrated exceptional courage, compassion and unselfish character this past year. The heroic act must have occurred during the calendar year of 2009.

"As a full-time paramedic, I have witnessed first hand what it takes to save someone's life, so when I hear of someone risking their own life by running into a burning house or vehicle to save a person they don't even know, it's truly awe inspiring," said Jeff Bond, Cedar Falls resident and Heroes Co-Chair. "I encourage you to nominate your friends, relatives and those you do not even know, but do know what they did to positively impact their community or someone around them."

Nomination categories include: public safety (firefighter, law enforcement, security officers, 911 dispatchers, part-time or volunteer); Good Samaritan (youth 20 and under); Good Samaritan (adult 21+); community service (individual or group); medical/health care (physicians, nurses, EMT, paramedics or caregiver); military (active duty, reserve, guard, individual or group); nature (nature rescue or environmental efforts); animal (heroic acts involving an animal); work place safety (heroic act in a workplace). Each award presented is sponsored by a corporate donor. Video vignettes of each hero's story will be shown at the breakfast.

Nominations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 15, 2009. Nominations forms may be picked up at the and front desks and Foundation offices. Nominations can also be placed online at . Simply click on the "Heroes Among Us" logo under events on the homepage or call 319-272-7676. Proceeds from previous events have helped put a new ambulance on the streets serving the Cedar Valley as well as put new radios in the hands of paramedics.

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