A Shelton resident and a Shelton volunteer fire company are among the six honorees being recognized by the American Red Cross at an event in January.

Alfred Meadows of Huntington and the Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Company No. 1 will be honored during the 16th annual Community Heroes Breakfast on Jan. 30 in Stamford.

The honorees represent individuals and organizations that have made a life-saving or life-changing difference in their communities.

“They represent the best in the human spirit and reflect the Red Cross ideal of helping others,” said Mario Bruno of the Red Cross.

Meadows will receive the Military Hero Award. The U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart Medal recipient is founder of Operation Gift Cards, which has presented more than 17,000 thank-you kits valued at over $800,000 to wounded troops and additional military support groups.

Echo Hose role during downtown fire

Echo Hose Fire will receive the Spirit of the Red Cross Award for its extraordinary work at the massive downtown Shelton fire on Jan. 5 and 6, in which 28 residents evacuated from the building — five of them through firefighters’ rescue efforts.

In the days after the fire, the fire company became a central point of coordination to support the recovery needs for the building residents.

The American Red Cross Community Heroes Breakfast will take place at the Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa, 243 Tresser Boulevard. Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m., with registration at 7.

Tickets for the event are $40 and must be purchased in advance at www.redcross.org/ct/heroes or by contacting Melissa Fazzio at 860-678-2724 or Melissa.Fazzio@redcross.org. Wells Fargo is the event's statewide leadership sponsor.

Others being recognized

The other recipients being honored by the Red Cross at the breakfast are:

— General Electric, Workplace Hero Award

— Town of Westport employees Joseph Bairaktaris, Ian Chasnow and David Ellis, Life Saving Award

— City of Norwalk, Community Resilience Award

— Brenda Moratoya of Stamford, Water Safety Award

About the Red Cross

The nonprofit American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

Learn more at www.redcross.org/ct.

Click below to read more about Al Meadows:

http://sheltonherald.com/38930/operation-gift-cards-creator-honored/

Click below to read more about Echo Hose Hook & Ladder:

http://sheltonherald.com/47726/sheltons-oldest-firehouse-looks-to-the-future/