Mike Petrick named Volunteer of the Year at Volunteer Awards Banquet

Volunteer of the Year Mike Petrick with (l-r) Judy Gregory, Regional Manager, Disaster Program and Dawn Comer, Office Manager, Iron Mountain.

Mike Petrick, of Iron Mountain, Mich., was named Volunteer of the Year at the Volunteer Recognition Awards for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin,  June 12, 2012.

He was recognized for his work on the Disaster Team and contributions to emergency planning services. Petrick joined the Red Cross in 2006 and has served as the Disaster Action Team Chairperson and Lead Responder. In this role, he organized monthly Disaster Team meetings and responds to fire calls and other emergency needs. He is an active member of the Iron Mountain Office Advisory Board as well.

He represents Red Cross at the Local Emergency Planning meetings in both Dickinson County, MI and Florence County, WI. He also works with the Dickinson County Healthcare System disaster planning committee. He has worked for many years with the Iron Mountain office’s main fundraiser, Red for Red.

Petrick was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award for his continued service to the American Red Cross, reliability and passion for helping people. We are excited to present this award to such a worthy recipient. 

Partnerships Key in Helping Families Recover from Disasters

Guest Blog Post by Dawn Comer, American Red Cross, MI-WI Border Area Service Unit

Ask the average person about the Red Cross and chances are they will mention disasters like hurricanes and floods. But the majority of the disasters the local American Red Cross respond to are apartment and house fires, which affect families here.

At a scene, Red Cross volunteers work side-by-side with firefighters and other emergency personnel to ensure victims are given immediate relief. Immediate relief means getting them what they need most without waiting a day or more — food, lodging, clothing, medication replacement, and mental health counseling. In the days following a disaster, the Red Cross continues to work with families while they find ways to rebuild their lives.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is a free gift, made possible by the financial generosity of local citizens.

Recently there was a fire in Florence County, WI. Contact was made with the family affected by this fire by Disaster Action Team member Mike Petrick. In addition to the financial assistance given for food, clothing and bedding, arrangements were made to provide the client with a CPAP machine (CPAP is the safest, most effective treatment for sleep apnea) free of charge through the Reggie White Foundation in West Allis, Wisconsin. It is through the combined efforts of generous organizations such as these that families can start the process of recovery from such disasters and get the help they may so desperately need.

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American Red Cross MI-WI Border Area Service Unit

427 South Stephenson Ave., L108

Iron Mountain, MI   49801