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Everyday heroes honored Tuesday in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

At the 10th annual Red Cross Everyday Heroes of the Tri-States awards ceremony Tuesday, 16 people received recognition.

Their award-winning feats ranged from life-saving to life-changing, everybody from teachers and first responders to community volunteers and people who took quick action to avert disaster.

Kris Agena got one of this year's awards, after saving her co-worker's life. Agena is the athletic training clinical education coordinator and instructor at Luther College in Decorah. When her coworker Tracy Hjelle collapsed after a sudden and rare heart condition took hold, Agena, along with two students, helped administer CPR, utilize an automated external defibrillator (AED) and get Hjelle into the hands of medical professionals. The quick maneuvers saved Hjelle's life.

"You never know when a situation's going to come about that you're going to need to assist somebody," Agena said. "First aid, saving their life, utilizing CPR, needing an AED. You know, I'm really encouraging individuals to take those courses."

She also encouraged local churches, businesses and schools to invest in AEDs, which can be the difference between life and death in an emergency situation.

The following individuals won the following awards:

ADULT GOOD SAMARITAN

Kris Agena

Darryl Brink

Justin Hager

Walker Hovey

Shari Huber

Kelsey Kittleson Millonig

Janet Schroeder

Keith Schroeder

Scott Taylor

EDUCATION

Judi Simon

FIRE AND RESCUE

Steve Vanden Brink

HEALTH CARE

Sherry Kritz

Joel Reicks

INDUSTRIAL/WORKPLACE SAFETY

Joe Hearn

VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY IMPACT

Mike Breitbach

YOUTH GOOD SAMARITAN

Alex Wehrspann

KWWL's Ron Steele emceed the event with his former KWWL co-anchor Bobbi Earles, who now works at Loras College in Dubuque.

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