ELYRIA, Ohio-- The Lorain County Chapter of the Red Cross is recognizing the heroic actions of people in the community.
Among the group of honorees was Shane and Brittney Robinson. They rescued Jeff Burgos and Alyssa Hovinentz from a burning car last September.
After a closer look, they realized the severity of the situation. Brittney rushed to call 911 while Shane tried to pull the pair from the flames.
“He ran up to the driver's side. It was locked, and then I saw Jeff's arm hanging out of the passenger side and he ran over there and ripped the door down,” said Brittney.
Shane managed to get them out and not even a few seconds later, the car exploded. Jeff and Alyssa were eventually life-flighted to the hospital. They were both seriously hurt.
“There are bits and pieces that I remember that I'd rather not, but all I can say is that I'm very thankful for Shane and Brittney,” said Jeff at the ceremony on Thursday.
Alyssa said she was thankful too, and couldn’t believe she actually knew who rescued her.
“Shane actually graduated with me. We went to high school together and that was just ironic that the man that saved our lives was the man I went to school with all our lives,” she said.
Shane and Brittney don’t think they’re heroes, but are happy to accept the award. They said they just did what they hope anyone would do in that kind of emergency.
“Life is too short to not help others and to not do the right thing,” Brittney said.