Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City residents honored

The American Red Cross has announced that three Northern Arizona residents have received top honors for their volunteer work. They are:

Rookie of the Year: Steve Irwin of Lake Havasu City. In his first month as a Red Cross volunteer, Irwin completed more than 40 classes and went on Disaster Action Team runs. He quickly became a leader by helping other new volunteers with their training. He stepped in to set up and run the Lake Havasu office. He deployed to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. In Mohave County, Steve leads the Pillow case Project and Sound The Alarm campaign.

Disaster Volunteer of the Year: Marilyn Bailey of Bullhead City. She is always willing to respond to a Disaster Action Team call no matter where or when. As a supervisor, she goes above and beyond to help with client reports, taking phone calls, entering data and answering questions about Red Cross procedures and policies. She is a true team player, always willing to share her knowledge and guide volunteers to achieve their very best.

Exceptional Volunteer of the Year: Brenda Cicero of Snowflake. She has responded to countless Disaster Action Team calls in 2017, including the White Mountain Apache Reservation. She also installed smoke alarms and taught children about fire safety through the Pillow Case Project. She helped with two disaster response operations including a shelter for the Goodwin Fire. She has been a huge help in recruiting volunteers in remote areas of Navajo County.

“The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors, and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter, and hope,’’ said Kurt Kroemer, CEO for the American Red Cross Arizona-New Mexico-El Paso Region.  “There are always trained individuals nearby ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.’’

The Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter serves 4.3 million people across Maricopa, Pinal and Gila counties, as well as Luke Air Force Base.  About 580 adult and youth volunteers who are trained to use their Red Cross skills to help save lives.  In 2016, volunteers assisted more than 640 families during disasters including house fires, flooding and forest fires. Red Cross volunteers also trained about 20,000 people in life-saving skills, water safety, and fire safety.  In addition, the Red Cross helped keep Arizona’s military families connected by relaying critical messages around the world.

For more information about volunteering, please call the Red Cross Northern Arizona Chapter at 928-779-5495 or go to

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