Local Marine veteran and Executive Director of Semper K9 Assistance Dogs Christopher Baity has received the ‘Red Bandanna Hero Award’.
The Red Bandanna Hero Award is all about honoring every day heroes, and was “inspired by Welles Remy Crowther, also known as ‘The Man in the Red Bandanna,’ who saved as many as 12 people following the tragic attacks on the World Trade Center,” stated a release.
The American Heroes Channel, The Huffington Post, the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust, and Boston College partnered to give this award to Baity, according to a release.
Based in Manassas, Baity works through Semper K9 to assist wounded, ill, and injured veterans and their families by providing them with free, trained assistance dogs, stated a release.
“It is a great honor to present the Red Bandanna Hero Award to Chris for his remarkable work with Semper K9 and our Armed Forces. Chris is a true champion for the veteran community, selflessly giving his time, energy, and military dog training skills to helping service members and their families thrive in the civilian world,” stated American Heroes Channel General Manager Kevin Bennett in a release.
According to a release, Baity will be honored at the annual Red Bandanna Game, where Boston College will play against Clemson University on October 7. The game was created in memory of Welles, who was a Boston College alum, stated a release.
As part of being this year’s award recipient, Baity will receive a $10,000 donation to a charity he selects, as well as a trip for two to attend the Red Bandanna Game, stated a release.
“In addition, AHC created a custom ‘Hero Moment’ vignette about Baity and his work with Semper K9, which will air on the network and online at AHCTV.com beginning Sunday, September 11,” stated a release.
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