The Provo Heroes Event is this week!
Here are the featured Heroes for today..
Lifetime of Service: Dr. Moreno Robins is a retired pediatrician who lends a helping hand at the Volunteer Care Clinic in Provo as the medical director. He gives two days per week to the clinic as well as organizing the volunteer physician schedules, and ensuring there is adequate coverage to provide medical care for low-income families without insurance. He has dedicated his life to helping children maintain and improve their health. He will be recognized with the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Pets Helping People: Mouse is a four-year-old golden retriever who volunteers with his master, Rocky Collins at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center for 3 ½ to 4 hours every week. Mouse’s owner is a member of Intermountain Therapy Animals, an organization providing pet-facilitated therapy to enhance the quality of people’s lives in extended care facilities. Mouse was identified as an excellent therapy animal because of his mellow disposition and gentle temperament. He loves to rest his head in the laps of patients in their hospital beds so they can pet him. “No matter how hard things are, life isn’t really so bad,” says Rocky who enjoys bringing a moment of happiness to hospital patients. Rocky even takes Mouse to visit hospitals during his vacations. Mouse and Rocky Collins are being recognized as the 2011 Animal Hero.
Turning Tragedy into Heroism: Kevin Bardsley created the Garrett Bardsley Foundation to conduct wilderness search rescues after he lost his son Garrett during a Boy Scout outing in Utah’s Unita Mountains in August 2004. Garrett was never found. Kevin wanted to prevent this tragedy from ever happening again by training volunteers to be ready at a moment’s notice to conduct wilderness search and rescue expeditions throughout Utah. Kevin assembled a list of resources including horses, pack mules, ATVs, GPS units and experienced search personnel to conduct organized searches, distribute food and water, direct traffic and assist with medical needs to prevent another family from experiencing the tragedy his family experienced when they lost Garrett. Kevin Bardsley is the 2011 Wilderness Rescue Hero.
Devoted Son Acts with Composure and Bravery: Kyle Jones was only 13 years old when he found his mother unconscious in the backyard of his home. He called 911 and told his sister to wait in front of the house to direct them to the back of the house when they arrived. Then he attempted to administer CPR to his mother. The paramedics arrived on the scene six minute later. The paramedics, the 911 dispatch team, and the detectives all said they were impressed with Kyle’s composure and bravery. Kyle, an Eagle Scout, used his lifesaving training to try and save his mother. Kyle will be receiving the 2011 Family Hero Award.