Each year, the Red Cross joins with people in communities across Connecticut to recognize and honor the people who do service above and beyond the call of duty.

A Community Hero's deed must have occurred in 2010. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31. Nominees must live or work in, or the event must have occurred in, Connecticut. Nominations may be made for both living and posthumous heroes. Heroes may be nominated in the categories of firefighter, law enforcement (including 9-1-1 operators), military, water safety, medical professionals, animal rescue, Good Samaritan adult, Good Samaritan youth, community impact and Spirit of the Red Cross (impact locally, nationally and internationally).

Nomination forms are available at the Red Cross website, www.ctredcross.org/heroes.

"Every day, Red Cross volunteers are involved with helping disaster victims or people who risk their lives for others and with people who learn through our health and safety training how to save lives," said Dianne Auger, American Red Cross Connecticut Region chief executive officer. "Many of these people are unsung heroes. Community Heroes of Connecticut gives us an opportunity to honor our neighbors who do extraordinary things every day."

Four heroes breakfast celebrations in March and early April so that nominees may be recognized in communities close to home. They will be in Trumbull, Danbury, New Haven and Farmington. For more information, call Lyn Fine-McCarthy at 860-770-7331 or e-mail her at Lyn.McCarthy@ctredcross.org.