2020 Red Cross Class of Heroes: Ivan Escobar, Nurse Hero

All healthcare workers are heroes, especially during these coronavirus times.  But, nurse Ivan Escobar was named the ‘Everyday Extraordinary’ 2020 Nurse Hero by the Red Cross even before the virus arrived.  When the driver of a car nearby was shot in his head, Escobar jumped out of his own vehicle and into action.  He found the driver bleeding profusely, grabbed the teddy bear that the driver’s daughter was carrying to staunch the blood and tended to the man carefully until paramedics arrived.

The driver survived and Escobar visited him and his family a few days later, bringing a gift to the daughter. “I went to Build-a-Bear and bought the little girl a nurse bear, I figured to replace her bear that I had used,” he explains.

Escobar is an Emergency Room nurse at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Chicago and is bravely facing the challenges of dealing with this pandemic daily.

Learn more about these heroes, the Red Cross and how you can help here.