Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to recognize Andy Worth as the recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” honor on March 14th, 2015. Andy is part of the Navy’s Aviation Rescue Swimmers Community. Currently in his 20th year of service, he serves as a door gunner for one of the two navy special operations helicopter units and assisted in eighteen successful civilian rescues. One notable rescue came when a 16 year-old girl fell nearly 60 feet into a river while hiking in the Olympic National Forest. The young teenager landed in a rugged and heavily forested area directly below the High Steel Bridge. As a result of the fall, she appeared to be suffering from fractures, possible internal injuries and hypothermia. Andy and his helicopter crew navigated through the narrow canyon filled with trees up to 100 feet tall. They flew under the bridge and hovered 120 feet above the river as they lowered a navy corpsman to extract the girl. As the teen was lifted to the helicopter, the pilot had less than 20 feet of rotor clearance on each side. Once she was secured, the crew backed out of the canyon and transported her safely to the hospital. This story is just one great example of the risk our hero was willing to take in order to serve and protect our great nation.
Footsteps for Africa
Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to recognize Footsteps for Africa as the recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” honor on March 29th, 2015. The foundation started after a mission to Zimbabwe revealed many communities are in extreme need for the items we take for granted. During their first initiative, the members brought several tons of shoes, clothes and blankets to orphans and vulnerable children. The items were personally delivered to prevent the government or illegal seizures from stealing them. Wanting to have a greater impact, the group’s next initiative was the creation of a learning safe haven for children in Windhoek, Namibia. The poor suburb’s kindergarten class took place on a dirt floor in a teacher’s small home. The students could not go outside without the risk of being kidnapped or abused. Thankfully, Footsteps for Africa arranged for the funding and development of a new school with fencing around the grounds to protect the children. They now have a safe place to learn and play while their parents work 12 hours a day. The organization’s goals for the future are to continue building schools, sponsoring students and organizing the inclusion of healthcare and sustainable nutrition elements. You can help this great cause by visiting