Red Cross to honor Gilroyan’s heroic efforts

Robert Bentson was honored by Gilroy city officials Monday night

A Gilroy man who pulled a resident from a burning mobile home on
New Year’s Eve will be recognized Thursday during an event

Everyday People. Real Heroes.

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A Gilroy man who pulled a resident from a burning mobile home on New Year’s Eve will be recognized Thursday in Santa Clara during an American Red Cross Event called “Everyday People. Real Heroes.”

Robert Bentson, the son of a former Gilroy firefighter, will be honored along with six other area residents who performed “extraordinary acts of courage, assisted others during an emergency situation or have selflessly given of themselves to make a difference in their community,” according to the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter.

Bentson was leaving his mobile home park to celebrate New Year’s Eve when he heard a startling boom and loud screams, and saw one residence engulfed in flames.

Bentson and another man entered the mobile home, found a male resident in his 50s on the living room floor and carried him outside to safety. The victim was treated for burns, according to the Gilroy Fire Department.

The City of Gilroy officially recognized Bentson during a Gilroy City Council meeting March 7.

Thursday’s event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara hotel, located at 5101 Great American Parkway.

Also being honored are:

– Mike Tyler, a bakery manager at a Mountain View Costco store who performed life-saving CPR on a customer who suffered a massive heart attack in the store.

– James Myers, Sergio Jimenez and Justo Magana-Garcia, three San Jose residents who stopped at an early morning accident in East San Jose to rescue an unconscious driver who was strapped into a car that was on fire.

– Juan Gomez and Josh Cottrell, two YMCA Mountain View staffers who performed CPR on a YMCA member in the critical first moments of his near-fatal heart attack.

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