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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - This is the third year that the Red Cross is honoring "Acts of Courage" by individuals across the Mahoning Valley.

"Our Red Cross mission is obviously to help people and the people that we're honoring tonight have served this valley well by saving a life and helping others," explains Karen Conklin, executive director of the American Red Cross Mahoning Valley Chapter.

Among the 14 receiving awards are Youngstown police officers Joe Moran, Chad Zubal and Malik Mostella for rescuing three people from a burning home last July. They discovered the burning structure while on saturation patrols.

"Life is difficult, officer Moran says. "If we can be there for someone at a critical moment in their life and make a difference, by all means that's what we're going to do."

Ice fishermen Rod Schaaf and Curtis Byers never considered what they did as heroic when they used a tow cable to pull a fellow fishermen out of an icy Mosquito Lake over the winter.

"We were probably three quarters of the way back in when all the rescue started showing up," Schaaf says. "It seemed like it was forever but it was really quick."

And the youngest hero, 17-year-old Anthony Agler from Niles, exchanged smiles with 8-year-old Dante Walker who is lucky to be alive. A bike accident severed three arteries in Dante's leg and Anthony flagged down a motorist to call 911 as he applied pressure to the wound.

"This car was passing by and I was trying to waive with one hand," Agler recalls. "Finally, I just jumped out in front of a car and they let me use the phone and call the ambulance."

Everyday people thought they were having a normal day, but in the face of emergency, they answered the call to action.

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