Sister Martha Luedtke was honored at the American Red Cross of Northeast Iowa “Everyday Heroes” breakfast on Thursday, March 17, 2016.
Sister Martha helps manage Alverno Apartments, a Dubuque residence for older adults and people with disabilities owned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and originally sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis. Sister Martha is the on-call person at Alverno and is available to help 24 hours per day, seven days per week. She often answers emergency calls from tenants experiencing medical emergencies, said Lori Stoltz, who nominated Sister Martha.
Twenty-one “everyday heroes” were recognized at the breakfast. According to a press release from the American Red Cross of Northeast Iowa, an “everyday hero” is someone who has made a difference in one of the following categories: fire and rescue, workplace safety, law enforcement, military, health care, animal rescue, professional responder, volunteer community impact, adult good Samaritan, youth good Samaritan or education. An independent committee selected the award winners after reviewing nominations from the public.