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CLEVELAND– Police officers, everyday people and even a pony can be a hero. They are among this year’s American Red Cross Greater Cleveland heroes.

All were honored for showing extraordinary courage and compassion to save someone’s life or to greatly improve the lives of others.

Three Cleveland police officers saved a gunshot victim from bleeding to death by administering first aid.

“I think we did our job. We were trained to do it. It is nice to be recognized for it, but I don’t consider us heroes. I think yes we did our job and we did what we were trained to do,” Detective John Graves said.

David Bailey, a FirstEnergy technician, helped a carpenter who had severely injured his hand.

“To have the gentleman keep the pressure on his wound – I remained calm until I got back in my truck when it was over and realized what had happened. I am thankful that the training really helped,” Bailey added.

Petie the Pony has smiles of the faces of many, sick children.

“Petie’s work is very special and very unique because he’s one of a kind. He goes directly into the hospitals and does room to room visits,” Petie’s handler Sue Miller of Victory Gallop said.

Petie is believed to be the first animal to receive this hero award.

Dr. Akram Boutros, President and CEO of MetroHealth Systems, received the American Red Cross Community Leader Award for his commitment to health care in our area.