Red Cross honors fire captain's quick thinking and others

Red Cross honors fire captain's quick thinking and others

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The Red Cross honored Fire Captain Randy Christensen who made the call on a collapsed house to evacuate. They honored 12 people that in the past year helped save a life in some way. There were great stories for each person honored.

"The person to save the drowning person in the canal, the guy that ran the wrong way on the freeway, I mean there was some amazing individuals. The house collapsing. Hats off to Red Cross for finding those people and honoring them. It was a great group to be part of," Wayne Rancourt said, who was honored as well.

These are the 2014 Red Cross Hometown Heroes:

Youth Heroes: Chas and Tess LeBreton, Eagle High School
During a severe storm, the LeBreton siblings procured a loader from a nearby farm to lift a fallen tree from a vehicle, allowing emergency responders access to the injured man inside.  
 
Animal Rescue Hero: Dr. Chad Hunt, Intermountain Animal Hospital 
Through his program, Canine Blood Heroes – Boise, Hunt and his team of 23 canine blood donors have helped save the lives of about 200 dogs.
 
Workplace Hero: Wayne Rancourt, Boise Cascade
On his way to a business meeting in San Francisco, Rancourt aided victims at the scene of a rollover accident and used his suit jacket and shirt to tend a man’s bleeding head wound.
 
Medical Hero: Moses Salazar, Ada County Parks and Waterways
Salazar had been CPR certified just two weeks when he dislodged a peanut from the throat of a choking infant at a baseball game in Nampa.
 
Blood Donor Hero: Stan Voshell of Boise
Voshell began donating blood platelets decades ago when his wife was diagnosed with cancer. Over a 25-year period, he has donated about 380 times, or just over 48 gallons.
 
Blood Drive Volunteer Hero: Carole Munn of Caldwell 
Munn has been staffing and coordinating Red Cross blood drives in Caldwell for 47 years. She estimates she’s helped collect more than 14,000 units of blood in that time.
 
Law Enforcement Hero: Retired Lt. Alan Cavener, Boise Police Department
Cavener, now retired from the Boise Police Department, was off duty when he ran into oncoming traffic to help steer to safety an elderly man driving the wrong way down I-84.
 
Fire Hero: Capt. Randy Christensen, Boise Fire Department
During an intense house fire, Christensen alerted the incident commander to an imminent structure collapse, helping several firefighters get to safety with just seconds to spare.
 
Water Hero: Clay Kenyon, Timberline High School
Clay dove into the New York Canal to rescue a woman who’d fallen in and was struggling to keep her head above water. He towed her to safety and stayed with her until help arrived.
 
Military Hero: SSgt. Craig Petersen, Mountain Home Air Force Base
When he witnessed a high-speed car crash, Petersen moved a child to safety, tended the neck wound of the driver and kept bystanders away from leaking fuel until help arrived.
 
Spirit of the Red Cross Award: Chief Dennis Doan, Boise Fire Department
Doan flew to Salt Lake City in December 2013 to donate bone marrow to an anonymous recipient. He learned later through Facebook that the recipient was an 18-month-old boy from Oregon.