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Redwood Heroes

Redwood Heroes is about community. Enjoy these pictures of our local heroes.

These essential workers are up and at ’em everyday despite COVID-19. These heroes keep us safe, take care of our loved ones and keep us comfortable in our homes.

Lost Coast Communications and our sponsors are grateful for all their work. Thank you!

Want to nominate a hero? Head over to our #RedwoodHeroes Facebook group.


Community Shines!
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Local resident Helen Sweezo turned! Helen was supposed to ride in the Rhododendron Parade and have a big celebration at the Eureka Woman’s Club over the weekend but both events were canceled due to the Shelter in Place order. We talked to Helen’s family and decided to bring the Rhody parade to her! The Eureka Police Department, Humboldt Bay Fire, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Old Town Rotary, Eureka Woman’s Club, Michael David, Rex Bohn, Cass and Larry Doss, Creech Family, and many of Helen’s friends and family paraded by her house in her honor. Happy Birthday Helen! You made our day! 


St. Joe's RN & Doctor
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RN and Medical Doctor at St. Joseph Health - Humboldt County.


Helping to help!
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A big thank you goes out to Pritesh Patel of Super 8 and Comfort Inn of Fortuna. He donated 200 masks to help us in our efforts to open our doors to the children of essential workers


Night Shift
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St. Josephs Medicl Surgical Unit, 2nd floor- transformed into the Respiratory Care Unit. Night shift L-R Charge Nurse Dawn Seely RN, Rey Escobar RN, Ron Laren RN, Duyen Duong RN, Diana Crawford RN, Taragh McQueeny RN.


HSO Corrections Staff
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The Humboldt Sheriff’s corrections staff are sporting their new uniform accessories in light of the facial coverings order! They’d like to give a big shout out to their Correctional Deputy Brittney Mendes who brought in 200 homemade masks for jail staff, sewn by a family member! 


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New Direction Crew
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The New Directions crew, who have all been homeless themselves, brave the uncertainty of the virus throughout the homeless population. They monitor and maintain seven different areas where homeless people have been hiding from the virus. Picking up well over 5200 lb of trash and discarding another 131 syringes, they help keep our environmentally sensitive areas cleaner. They are also handing out masks, gloves and trash bags and continue to change attitudes that will change behaviors in our communities.


St Joseph Medical Surgical Unit
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St. Josephs Medical Surgical unit 2nd floor transformed into the respiratory care unit L-R Lisa Jacoby Chief Mission Integration Officer, RCU Manager Celene Molina RN BSN, Area Director Christine Williams RN BSN MBA, getting their hands blessed 


More St Joe's Staff
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Here is another great group holding it down at St. Joseph Health - Humboldt County.


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Day Shift
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St. Josephs Medical Surgical Unit 2nd floor transformed the respiratory care into the respiratory care unit. Day shift L-R Shelly Ritterspach RN, Amber Ford RN, Katrina Goodeyon RN.


More St Joe's Staff!
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St. Joseph Pharmacy Crew
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Some of the pharmacy crew up here at St Josephs Hospital. Verifying, making, and delivering medications for all our patients. Stay healthy!


St Joe's RN Poet
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St. Joseph’s Hospital Registered Nurse, cancer survivor and published poet, Edward A. Waples Jr. “A poet’s mind and a musician’s soul “


Humboldt Coronavirus Mask Makers
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This group was formed for seamstresses and others who want to support local and national clinics and hospitals amid the Coronavirus with hand made masks.

Facebook Group:Humboldt Coronavirus Mask Makers




Humboldt Local Feeding A Village
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Former owner of Humboldt Bay Coffee Company, John Hall, is one of these #redwoodheroes. After selling his company, John left the US to teach English overseas. Most recently living in India, he’s coordinated a Go Fund Me campaign to help feed a remote village on lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Go Fund Me page


Delivering Supplies
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John Hammond of Mendes Supply loading up the truck to deliver supplies to our local businesses.


RN Leader & RN
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These ladies get it done! 

Feeding Kids
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Robin and Susan from South Fortuna Elementary are serving breakfast and lunch for kids 18 years and younger!


Case Manager
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This is Mike Howton. He is a super hero who works at Chance 4 Change with adults with disabilities. He’s incredibly essential every day, all year long.


Local Hand Sanitizer Production
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Humboldt Distillery has been helping the community disinfect during the COVID-19 pandemic, liter by liter. Humboldt County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Logistics Chief Jo Wattle estimates that the Fortuna distillery has donated more than 3,000 one-liter bottles of hand-sanitizing alcohol product to agencies throughout the region. Those include EOC staff, medical workers, first responders, senior centers, staff at the COVID-19 testing site and the community in general. “They’ve been amazing,” Wattle said.


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Open Door
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Part of the Open Door COVID screening team


St Joseph RNs
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Her are a couple of RNs at St. Joseph Health - Humboldt County.


St Joseph Charge Nurses
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A pair of charge nurse at St. Joseph Health - Humboldt County.


Give Blood!
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This is Kate. She is the CEO at the Northern California Community Blood Bank and she volunteers with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Posse Search & Rescue. She is amazing!

The blood bank is always in need of blood, but now more than ever. If you can, please donate! 


Blood Bank Team & Donor!
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The amazing, dedicated team at Northern California Community Blood Bank. Pandemic or no, local hospitals still need a dependable blood supply for trauma patients, cancer treatments, and emergency surgeries. And we couldn’t do it without the blood donors who step up to save lives.


Pharmacy Worker
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Jacqueline Pennington working hard at Cloney’s Red Cross Pharmacy every week. A polio and a cancer survivor working hard every day making sure everyone gets the meds they need during this time. She had also been making masks on her spare time. What an amazing woman she is.


Redwood Urgent Care
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Not only is Redwood Urgent Care on of wonderful sponsors, they also are heroes! Submitted by Ashley Owen, office manager at Redwood Urgent Care


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Road Warrior
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Mark Condes drives bus for both the Humboldt Transit Authority and the Arcata-Mad River Transit System. What a road warrior! Thanks for driving people around for their essential tasks!


Senior Nurse for the Elderly
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This is Abbe…she’s a senior, she’s a nurse. She works the graveyard shift as charge nurse taking care of our elderly.


ER Tech
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This is Kristina Eide she works at Mad River Hospital as an ER and ICU Technician. She has not missed a day of work since Covid19 arrived in our beautiful County.


Changing Tides dropping supplies!
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Changing Tides Family Services staff is out doing initial drop offs of some basic supplies to all the open child care providers, so if you are open, you will see us this week! We are working hard to get more supplies through our community partners and shopping runs, so bear with us as we try to get more items to bring your way. And feel free to reach out to us, let us know how you are doing, and what you need. Thank you for your service during this difficult time. We appreciate you!


Food For People
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Today we distributed food to nearly 200 seniors in Eureka. Huge thanks to our volunteers (including McKinleyville CERT) and Jax and Bones who donated masks that we were able to give every senior!


St Joseph Secretary
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A wonderful staff member at St. Joseph Health - Humboldt County

3 Heroes in the Family
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Kerri Keesee-Clark says: “3 separate heroes in my family! My daughter, Dr. Morgan Clark, D.C. in Eureka seeing current and new patients to help keep them out of the ER. My Husband, Mike Clark OR RN and filling in wherever at St. Joe’s. My son, Michael Clark, hotel front desk, taking care of guests, even essential workers that are self-quarantined. I am so proud to be their mom and wife.”


St Joe's Staff
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More wonderful staff at St. Joseph Health - Humboldt County.




Helping Seniors
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This is Greg Henner and he works for Humboldt Senior Resource Center. Monday through Friday he transports seniors to essential appointments as well as delivering food, medications, and other needed items. 


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