20th Anniversary Report


HERO Impact


Response and Deployment Highlights

Excellence and Accolades

Thank you The Minnesota & Mayo Angels

State of Louisiana recognition of efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita 

On November 5, 2005, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanca released an official statement recognizing the U of M MRC for “outstanding and unparalleled service to the people of Louisiana following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.”

President Bush and David Jewison

Presidential recognition for Hurricane Katrina and Rita Response

On August 22, 2006, President George W. Bush awarded U of M MRC with the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of its members’ work in Louisiana. MRC member and then-medical student David Jewison, who spent two weeks on the response, received the award on behalf of the MRC in a ceremony with President Bush.

Certificate of Recognition

State of Iowa recognition of veterinary support in the wake of flooding

In 2008, the U of M MRC received a Certificate of Recognition from the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture for valuable contributions and efforts during the Iowa floods. From the Iowa State Veterinarian: “Your contributions helped lead to the success of the care that was given to pets and understanding shown to the owners and their families. You provided a very special service to many people who lost their homes and possessions. Many found joy and reassurance when reunited with their pets. The value of this service is difficult to measure.”

group with award

2019 National MRC Innovator Award

In 2019, HERO was jointly awarded the National MRC Innovator Award with University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD) for creation of the MRC Witness Support Team. This unique and specialized team responds in partnership with the UMPD to provide immediate emotional, psychological, and basic needs support to witnesses of mass casualty events. The Innovator Award honors an MRC unit that has initiated and carried out a novel and innovative activity that has helped build on MRC unit and housing organization efforts, engaged unit volunteers in the process, and contributed to strengthening the community’s public health, preparedness, and response infrastructure.