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Red Cross to honor Dubuque heroes

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The American Red Cross of Northeast Iowa will be honoring seven local people for heroism, acts of courage and bravery.

"All of them are humble...really they are called to action," said Nicole Breitbach, executive director.

The Everyday Heroes annual breakfast and fundraiser on will be held Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Dubuque.

One of the honorees is Justin Smith, assistant coach for the University of Dubuque women's basketball team.

Earlier this year, during a bus ride back from an out of state tournament, the driver passed out. As the bus slammed into a guardrail on the highway, Smith quickly grabbed the steering wheel and hit the brakes.

Because of him, no one was hurt. "I was just doing what had to be done in the split of the moment, and I got lucky it worked out," he previously told KWWL. 

"It's amazing, just being awake while on the bus, and noticing the driver was kinda drifting off. It's kinda the right place at the right time," added Breitbach.

There's also the unforgettable rescue captured on police body cam video.

There are multiple heroes, but the everyday hero is Amanda Williams, a good neighbor. Williams along with officers convinced a 7-year-old boy to jump from a second story window of his home that caught fire.

"Being that she was kinda going through the situation herself, it's really just a heroic moment that she was able to stay so calm and be there and have that motherly instinct," Breitbach said.

Another incredible honoree is 12-year-old Anthony Graham. He saved his little sister's life, after she began choking on hard candy, by performing the Heimlich maneuver.

The other individuals being recognized are: 

·Holly Bratten, a US Bank employee who performed CPR on a co-worker who collapsed, until paramedics arrived. The woman recovered. Doctors said Bratten's actions saved the woman’s life.

· Amy McDonnell, a hospice nurse, stopped at a red light when a motorcyclist slammed into the back of her SUV and landed in the middle of Highway 20. He was bleeding heavily from a severe injury to his leg. She took a belt from a bystander and made a make-shift device to stop the bleeding. The man lost his leg, but not his life because of her quick actions.

· Trevor Mensen and Wesley Theisen saw a car accident outside their school. The boys ran to the car. Inside was a woman who had suffered a stroke while driving. The boys stayed with her and pushed on the car to make sure it didn’t roll again. 

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