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Everyday Heroes

They live among us. They’re the givers, the sharers, the good neighbors, the upstanding citizens – the people who take that added step, put in that extra effort to make their community, our community, a better place. Some attract public attention. Most, though, are noticed only by those closest to them and, perhaps, by those who benefit from their actions. But whether they serve as community activists, are committed to animal rescue, take on the role of socially conscious attorneys, or stand as students or teachers who think and act selflessly, they deserve recognition.

CPR lesson saves grandfather’s life

Originally published March 25, 2014 On a Thursday at Riverside High School, Shelby Morgan learned CPR. That Friday, she learned how to use an automated external defibrillator, which can deliver a lifesaving shock to the heart.

At 100, musician continues to serve

Originally published Nov. 28, 2013 Melodies from classic hymns waft through the lobby of the Silver Wood Good Samaritan Center on Tuesday evenings, switching to the livelier beat of dance hall music on Thursday afternoon. On organ and piano, Catherine Owen’s nimble fingers keep residents of the Silver Valley care center connected to music.

Salk students benefit lives of others

Anabelle Benitez began to raise money for breast-cancer awareness after she learned her grandmother was diagnosed with the disease. Sean Lochrie saw a family in need and was moved to help in whatever way he could. Together, the two Salk Middle School eighth-graders represent the many young people across the Inland Northwest who, both through their schools and on their own, devote time and effort toward improving life for those less fortunate.

Advocate commits to community

Cheryl Steele will never forget the day her life changed. It was Oct. 21, 1991. A resident of Spokane’s West Central neighborhood, Steele was one of the people directly affected when two young girls – 12-year-old Rebecca West and 11-year-old Nicki Wood – went missing.