The American Red Cross is honoring heroes, including three from Lodi and one from Woodbridge.
The honorees' actions range from rescuing a potential drowning victim, to rescuing dogs from a puppy mill, to being a stellar special education teacher.
Lynette Brehm, Leroy Nichols Elementary School, Lodi
Brehm teaches 15 to 20 special-needs preschoolers in a language-intensive program. The children have severe speech, medical and physical impairments, and Brehm shows them how to participate in the classroom, school and community.
Brehm gives children "self-esteem, a sense of humor, musical ability, a love of art and confidence in the classroom."
Nominated by Carolyn Godwin.
Michael McIntosh, Lodi
On May 6, McIntosh was credited with saving the life of a woman at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Riviera Drive in Stockton. The woman passed out at the wheel of her car in the middle of traffic, but when she woke up, she heard McIntosh telling her to put her foot on the brake. After leaning into her car, McIntosh put the gear shift into "park" and pulled the woman out of the car. She was then taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
Nominated by Heather Robinson.
Jill Morgan, Lodi
Morgan has rescued more than 100 golden retriever dogs per year in Northern California. One day, with the help of a local sheriff's deputy, she grabbed a mother dog and her puppies from a puppy mill, which the Humane Society of the United States describes as a place that overbreeds, inbreeds and takes poor care of dogs in order to make a profit.
Morgan also worked with the sheriff's deputy to rid the operator of his breeding dog.
For tickets or more information, call 466-6971.
- Source: American Red Cross.
Nominated by Marilyn Ormond.
Blake Montgomery, Woodbridge
Montgomery was 14 last July when he rescued a boy from drowning at Morro Bay. Four boys, ranging from 10 to 12 years old, were caught in a riptide. One of them, however, was unable to keep his head above water, so Montgomery lifted the boy's head. Montgomery was given a special Sea Cadet medal given only to people between 10 and 18 years old who saved someone's life.
Nominated by Kim Bowen Souza.