DENVER (CBS4) – The Century of Champions Red Cross Ball was held downtown Saturday night to celebrate local heroes.
The Red Cross honored those who helped out during the devastating floods and fires but also said thanks you to those who made plans to be ready before a disaster strikes.
Capt. Alex Finlay saved laves during the Iraq war but said that fighting battles here was different.
“Doing it at home in the states, it’s different, but it’s just as rewarding if not more doing it on American soil,” said Finlay.
He was honored with the Military Lifesaver Award, handed out by the Red Cross during the gala.
Lyons Fire Chief J.J. Hoffman earned the Red Cross Disaster Award.
He was praised for saving untold lives by helping to bring relief to people cut off by the flood.
“We had to build temporary roads across the rivers to get to people, communities,” said Hoffman.
Weeks earlier, another man in uniform earned his Military Lifesaver Award.
Maj. Eric Carlson fought last June’s massive Black Forest fire by helping to drop 700,000 gallons of water.
“Combat is very rewarding, going and serving your country, but to actually do it here with your neighbors, people you know, and helping out Americans is very gratifying,” said Carlson.
Other honorees included 18-year-old Simon Kurzban of Boulder who provided aid and comfort after a deadly typhoon hit the Philippines.
The Red Cross also praised Doug Schellinger who saved two lives by giving CPR.
The woman he saved was also pregnant.