Local heroes awarded at the Tribute to Heroes Luncheon

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WIBW The Red Cross recognized six local 'heroes' Wednesday for going above and beyond to help the community.

The local chapter presented the honors at the Tribute to Heroes Luncheon.

Kegann Gideon and Josh Kennedy earned the Good Samaritan Award for performing CPR on an infant at their workplace.

Josh Glidewell received the Call to Action Award for rescuing his neighbor when his house caught fire.

The Disaster Relief Award went to Aaron Thakker for organizing a community benefit and carnival after the Eudora tornado.

And Topeka Police Detective Kristi Powell got the Commitment to Community Award for her efforts with Special Olympics Kansas.

“We all need to be involved,” Powell said. “And not everyone has to be involved in the same way. You can pick and choose and get involved with something that speaks to you. For me, it was sports and the love of the athletes and that translated into a whole different sort of life for me that's been very positive.”

Also honored at the luncheon, 13 NEW's own Ralph Hipp received the Gift of Life Award for promoting blood donation - especially during critical supply shortages.