Valley's 'real heroes' honored at annual Red Cross event

The Fresno BeeMarch 21, 2014 

The American Red Cross Central Valley honored 13 "real heroes" for their selfless deeds and volunteer work during a dinner Friday night.

The annual event celebrates Valley residents who did outstanding volunteer work last year for those in need. It was held at Yosemite International Airport's corporate hanger.

Those honored were:

-- Marty Houk for his work as a Red Cross volunteer.

-- Karson Dieter, who as a 10-year-old saved an elderly Visalia neighbor from a dog attack.

-- Fresno's Eye-Q Vision Care for providing free cataract surgery to 10 people in October 2013.

-- Sushil Prakash and Josephine Kiran, 7-11 convenience store owners who host a children's library in the back of their Fresno business.

-- Katina Sams for saving a neighbor stuck under a car from oncoming traffic.

-- Valerie Mundy for stepping in when a young woman was being assaulted by family members.

-- Bridgette Booth for rescuing more than 500 pit bulls through Fresno Bully Rescue.

-- Clay Lyons, a Tulare County firefighter who while off-duty saved a teen from a burning car.

-- Firefighters from Fresno Fire Engine 16 for building an access ramp at a home where several seniors live.

-- Fresno Police Sgt. Ron Hughes for saving several women and children from an armed suspect, who trapped them inside a second-story bedroom.

-- Navy recruiter Chris Martin for getting 60 people to help clean up the Fresno home of a World War II veteran Josef Martin, a Fresno man who was attacked and robbed at gunpoint.

-- Al Perry for his service in the Army and for organizing the Central Valley Honor Flight, which flies military veterans to Washington, D.C. for free to visit war memorials.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6412, or @hannahfurfaro on Twitter.

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