7Everyday Hero Guy Forti helps the Red Cross

Posted at 8:21 AM, May 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-02 10:22:37-04
If disaster strikes, the American Red Cross is ready to help you in a moments notice. It prepares everyday thanks to volunteers like 7Everyday Hero Guy Forti.  
"I try to be here three-and-a-half to four days a week," said Forti. 
"He almost works a full time job for us," said Patricia Billinger, Communications Director, American Red Cross Colorado.
"I am a fleet maintenance lead.  I'm responsible for all the trucks, trailers, pick-ups -- making sure they're road ready," said Forti.
After 37 years helping people at his job at a local utility,  Forti wanted to do even more. 
"It was time to do something that really gave my heart blessings," Forti explained. 
"He is shelter manager; he responds to everyday disasters and he also deploys to larger disasters as a shelter manager," said Billinger. 
"I love it.  My slogan is if you live your life and you haven't volunteered in some way back to the world, be it with the Mile High Chapter or whatever, you haven't completed your life," said Forti. 
Forti even volunteered to help people out of state on Christmas in 2015. 
"We actually celebrated Christmas in the shelter at the high school," said Forti. 
Should you ever face a disaster, large or small, know that Red Cross volunteers like Guy Forti are there to help. 
Just the thought of coming to your aid fills their hearts with pride. 
"A lot of tears," said Forti. 
"The Red Cross IS its volunteers.  When the Red Cross responds it's everyday people, your neighbors getting up in the middle of the night to respond," added Billinger.

Mitch Jelniker anchors 7NEWS Now in the mornings from 4:30 to 7 a.m. He also features a different 7Everyday Hero each week on 7NEWS. Follow Mitch on Facebook and Twitter. Nominate a 7Everyday Hero here.


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