The Red Cross is in business to help people in crisis, but the disaster relief orgranization honored some everyday folks they're calling Hometown Heroes.
"The community at large really needs to understand that they walk among heroes every single day," said Nancy Blaschak, regional CEO of American Red Cross.
Nine-year-old Anthony Palermo called 911 after his grandfather had trouble breathing. He saved his grandpa's life.
Erik Smegelsky saved his neighbors eight-month-old son who was found unresponsive in the bathtub.
Rochester police officers Paul Dondorfer and Adam Alliett helped rescue two children and their father from the Erie Canal last year.
"It was one of those challenging moments in our careers that everyone hopes we never have to go through but some of the things we see makes us appreciate life a lot more," Dondorfer said.
"Some of the circumstances that people are put in is amazing and all the other people who are in the right place – they are the real heroes, not us," Alliett said.
Like medical student Sarah Navarez and her two U or R classmates. They also helped in that same emergency by jumping in the canal to save the kids.
"I don't know, it was just, I want to see what is going on, how I can help. We tried to figure out alright who is going in and let's figure out how we can get the kids out. We were in the right place at the right time and I am glad that we could help."
The Red Cross awarded Lance Corporal Brad O'Keefe and his military dog Earl, who is credited with saving the lives of 14 soldiers in Afghanistan.
"It is kind of nice to have the focus on the military working dogs. I am glad people are recognizing them and appreciate them," O'Keefe said.
Hometown Heroes – your neighbors, your friends and co-workers – each of them an inspiration, a motivation, to help others.