BLOOMINGTON - It's been said, a simple act of kindness can change the world.
A lesson Joey Monahan discovered last year while working at a local salon.
"Seen a flame in one of the upstairs windows in an apartment building."
Without a second thought, Monahan alerted the tenants.
“All of a sudden it was panic,” said Monahan. “One of the gentlemen handed me a few puppies and one of the other guys probably had four puppies in his hand.”
Because of his quick thinking under pressure, Monahan is getting the "Good Samaritan Award" from the American Red Cross.
"Just compared to what some of the other people have done, it's a great honor."
Monahan is not alone.
"Just going through this experience, this whole spirit of giving and providing service that's what we're here for,” said Frances Maddox.
Jerome and Frances Maddox, parents of fallen soldier Sergeant Anthony Maddox, are accepting the Armed Forces Award.
"We thank the Red Cross for this event and recognizing Anthony,” said Maddox.
The young sergeant passed away following a fuel truck explosion in Afghanistan earlier this year.
His father says his son knew the risks, yet chose to dedicate his life to serving the country.
"He knew what he was doing going into, hostile situation,” said Maddox. “He was prepared, not something we were looking towards but he was prepared."
The American Red Cross of the Heartland says it's these acts courage and kindness that need to be shared.
Also honored, include fallen Hudson firefighter Chris Brown who received the Public Service Hero Award.
College student Maggie Schopp is honored with the Youth Award for her efforts at the Children's Hospital of Illinois.
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