Seemingly ordinary people who have helped others through selfless acts of courage and compassion will be recognized Friday at the American Red Cross Central Valley’s “Real Heroes” event.
The Red Cross will honor 14 people, a dog and an organization.
In addition, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, will present the Congressional Badge of Bravery to Deputy U.S. Marshal Steve Mroczka, who was shot twice in Fresno while attempting to arrest a fugitive wanted in connection to a violent sexual assault.
“Despite being wounded twice by gunfire, Deputy U.S. Marshal Mroczka did not back down from the attack and engaged the fugitive in a close quarter gun battle,” reads a statement released by Nunes’ office. “Deputy U.S. Marshal Mroczka was ultimately able to shoot and incapacitate the fugitive and prevented him from escaping into the community and harming innocent civilians and other law enforcement officers.”
This year’s Red Cross Real Heroes:
The American Red Cross Central California Region serves 10 counties that are home to more than 4 million people. The charitable organization provides services to victims of disasters and education about life-saving skills.