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Red Cross to honor two Escondidans

The American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties will honor two local heroes at its 19th Annual Real Heroes Awards on Friday, October 1, from 9 –10 a.m. The event will be held virtually online and can be streamed by the public at

Out of the nine individuals being honored, there are two local Escondido residents that are being awarded. 

Animal Welfare Hero: Ricochet (Escondido) – Ricochet the golden retriever is a certified therapy dog, and first-ever canine assisted surf therapy dog. Ricochet and her owner Judy Fridono are on a mission to empower veterans to gain confidence in the water and in social situations. What makes Ricochet extraordinary is her powerful ability to make immediate, deep, heart-to-heart connections with the individuals she interacts with.

Good Samaritan Hero: Nicholas Bohr, Firefighter/Paramedic, Barona Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Nicholas Bohr was off duty and at home with his family when he discovered a vehicle accident outside. The vehicle was on fire, with a partially-trapped critical trauma victim inside. Nicholas recognized the serious nature of the incident and immediately began to help, knowingly placing himself in harm’s way, with no available self-protection equipment. He was able to rescue the victim from the vehicle and delivered emergency patient care until first responders arrived on scene.

The popular event recognizes individuals and organizations that embody the mission and spirit of the Red Cross by saving lives and creating safer, stronger and more resilient communities. 

“We are excited to recognize ordinary people, organizations, and an animal welfare hero that demonstrate extraordinary courage from San Diego and Imperial Counties,” said Sean Mahoney, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross Southern California Region. “Each Real Hero being celebrated has their own incredible story, and we know that everyone who watches this year’s event will be inspired by their hope and heroism.”

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