Heroic acts happen every day, and they often go unrecognized. But Thursday, at the Black Hills Chapter of the Red Cross Breakfast of Champions, a number of heroic individuals were honored for their life saving actions.
One of the honorees is James Goodrich. He was honored for pulling a teen in a burning car to safety last September. It was only after he and others at the scene helped rescue the young man that Goodrich realized he knew the teen.
The teen has since recovered and was able to present Goodrich with the award. "It was a surreal experience," Goodrich said. "Knowing Aaron and his family has really made it a lot easier," Goodrich continued.
Goodrich says the teen's seatbelt was stuck and another person on the scene was able to cut it. When people at the scene realized the fire had spread to the vehicle, getting him out became urgent. With one yank, he was pulled out, and seconds later the car exploded.
Of course Goodrich was humble and quick to point out that he wasn't the only hero at the scene that day.
The crash, on September 30th, involved a number of vehicles and happened on Elk Vale Road.
Others were honored Thursday for heroic acts during the October blizzard, a house fire rescue, saving a man following a heart attack and the rescue of a man who fell while parasailing near Sheridan.