The American Red Cross of the California Northwest is seeking nominations for its 2019 Heroes Breakfast, which recognizes members of the communities in Sonoma, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Napa counties, who have shown courage, dedication, and character through acts of heroism and kindness.

According to a Red Cross announcement about the nominations, the community is encouraged to nominate a hero at redcross.org/CalNWHeroes in one of the following categories:

Animal Hero: This award honors an animal that has protected a human in a time of need or a human who has rescued an animal from a traumatic situation.

Disaster Services Hero: This award is given to an individual who has shown extraordinary courage in the face of a disaster or emergency, or made a significant contribution to their community’s disaster preparedness, resilience, or recovery.

Environment Hero: This award is given to an individual who has had a significant impact on the protection and caring for the environment and is vital in changing the way their community interacts with the environment.

First Responder Hero: This award is given to a professional first responder, such as a police officer, deputy sheriff, firefighter, search and rescue team member, or 911 dispatcher, whose life-saving action or service to the community goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Healthcare Hero: This award is given to a healthcare professional, such as a physician, paramedic or nurse whose life-saving actions or service to the community went above and beyond the call of duty.

Humanitarian Hero - Adult: This award is given to an adult who used life-saving skills (such as CPR, water rescue or first aid) to assist or save the life of another or to a person whose actions have made a significant contribution toward the betterment of his or her community.

Humanitarian Hero - Youth: This award is given to a youth who used life-saving skills (such as CPR, water rescue or first aid) to assist or save the life of another or to a person whose actions have made a significant contribution toward the betterment of his or her community.

Service to the Armed Forces Hero: This award is given to someone who has provided exceptional support to service members, veterans, or their families.

The 2019 California Northwest Heroes Award recipients will be selected based on the degree to which their acts of heroism uphold the values of the American Red Cross and leave a lasting and positive impact on the residents of the Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties.

All nominees must work or reside in the participating counties. The heroic event must have occurred between Jan. 1, 2018 and Jan. 15, 2019. Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 15. Selected heroes will be honored on Friday, May 17.

Visit redcross.org/CalNWHeroes for details.