Some of our Valley's brave citizens were honored Wednesday. Everyday people who have gone above and beyond to help save the life of another person. At a special ceremony in Clovis -- Fresno and Madera County city leaders awarded Good Samaritans with the annual Citizens Award.
Action News Photo Journalist Chuck Hoover was among the dozens of people who were recognized for their bravery. Chuck, along with another man risked their lives to rescue a woman from a burning mobile home earlier this year.
"The average citizen is amazing," Hoover said. "At any given time they could do beyond or above the call of duty shall we say... to save others whether they know them or not."
Chuck has worked at Channel 30 for more than four decades. But it's his instincts from a background in emergency response that kicked in that February morning. Chuck, who says he's just about ready to retire, has spent the past 35 years as a volunteer firefighter with Station 19 in the Madera Ranchos.
Chuck admits it feels good to be recognized. But says he's much more comfortable out of the spotlight, and just doing his job, whether it's operating the Station 19 fire truck or picking up an Action News camera.