- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - A journalist killed by Islamic State militants, a police officer fatally shot at a Brentwood home and a 6-year-old girl who saved her grandfather’s life in Alton are among those being honored as heroes by the American Red Cross.

The Heroes Breakfast recognizes people who made a difference by performing acts of courage or selflessly giving their time and efforts to benefit others.

Those being honored Thursday include James Foley, whose killing last year in Syria was the first in a series of grisly videos depicting the radical group’s slayings of several Western hostages. The Red Cross said Foley knew the risks of reporting from the most unstable parts of the world; he was kidnapped once before, in Libya. However, he also knew the importance of front-line journalism and “ultimately gave his life while showing the world what the oppressors didn’t want us to see.”

Officer Stephen Arkell, responding to a domestic violence call last May, was gunned down by a man who later set the house ablaze, killing himself. Also being honored is Officer Derek Franek, who entered the home and came under fire but was able to find Arkell and warn other officers.

Jacey Montague had the presence of mind to run home and call 911 after a tree fell on her grandfather while they were on a walk. She waited outside the woods to guide first responders to her grandfather.

Also being honored is Tara Holmes Ball of Exeter, who lost her 14-year-old son to suicide and started an annual 5K fundraiser named “Connor’s Club” that’s raised $37,500 to support suicide prevention and education; and Mike and Gloria Caponera of Franklin, who have been volunteering at Red Cross donor centers in the state every Wednesday for the past eight years. Mike Caponera averages 20 platelet donations a year to provide life-saving doses to patients in need.

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