The Iowa Region of the American Red Cross, along with title sponsor Nationwide, congratulates seven heroes as 2018 Heroes of the Heartland. These outstanding individuals have demonstrated courage, compassion and unselfish character, performing extraordinary acts of heroism in the eyes of their neighbors and community.

Lori Neely (Granger): Lori is a sergeant with the Des Moines Police Department. In addition to her regular duties as a community liaison officer, Lori put together a program at Des Moines East High School to help students from families considered to be food insecure. Her Fuel Up First program brought together several partners including Habitat for Humanity and Polk County. Not only does Fuel Up First feed students at East, it also improves the relationship between students and police.

Heroes of the Heartland are nominated by their peers to be recognized for going above and beyond in their service to others. A Hero of the Heartland is someone who has made a difference in any of the following categories: Animal Rescue, Education, Fire & Rescue, Good Samaritan (youth), Good Samaritan (adult), Health Care, Law Enforcement, Military, Professional Responder, Volunteer Community Impact or Workplace Safety.

The Heroes of the Heartland breakfast will be held at the Iowa Events Center on Wednesday, March 28th at 7 a.m. The event is the region’s major fundraiser for the Red Cross. Those interested in attending should email Lori Talbott at or call 515-264-6314.