Local heroes recognized for life-saving acts of bravery and courage

MAUMEE, Ohio (WTVG) - It was a time to honor those who go above and beyond to help.

"We have so many folks around Northwest Ohio who do so many good things," said Robert Momany with the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio.

On Thursday 80 people, all deemed heroes, were recognized by the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio for their efforts.

"They just simply acted on behalf of their fellow man when they were most in need," said Momany.

Along with a meal the celebrated citizens were also given awards for their acts of courage.

"I really feel honored for being around all the big heroes for the night," said Mike Metzger who was recognized.

Back in January, the ProMedica security guard saved a little girl from darting into busy Central Avenue after she got separated from her mother.

"I thank God that I was there at that time and witnessed that," said Metzger. "Just a few seconds off and it would have been a lot different."

On top of honoring those who were in the right place at the right time, the Hero Awards also shined a light on those who answer the call every day.

"These gentlemen are ordinary people doing extraordinary things," said Chief Barry Cousino with Springfield Township Fire and Rescue.

Cousino nominated three of his men after they pulled an unconscious woman from burning house last fall.

"I would expect, if it was someone in my family, that another crew would do the same thing that we did," said firefighters Chris Young.

While many people say they just did what was right the community hails them as heroes and views them worthy of our gratitude.