Red Cross recognizes CNY's real heroes' life saving feats

Austin Blance, 8, is recognized for saving his mother's life.

Thirteen ordinary people are recognized for displaying extraordinary courage to save lives at the 14th Annual Red Cross Real Heroes breakfast, Wednesday morning.

Some were honored for going above the duties required to do their jobs, others were in the right place at the right time.

Last August, Brian Lozier was getting ready for church when he heard his neighbor's screams for help.

John Crandon's bull got loose, and attacked him. When Brian arrived, it was stomping and mauling Crandon.

Brian, dressed in his church clothes, used a piece of lumber to hit the bull, distracting the animal, before it went back to the barn.

Brian provided first-aid, helping Crandon until the first responders arrived.

Crandon spent three weeks in the hospital, recovering from various ailments. The bull's attack caused severe bruising, several broken ribs, and a punctured lung. Crandon's back and spinal cord were also hurt badly.

But Brian isn't the only hero in his family.

Less than a month before his display of heroism, Brian's uncle, Terry Lozier, helped Deputy Tom Cordway rescue stranded boaters on Ontario Lake.

Two men were knocked overboard. One woman was knocked unconscious.

"It's kind of neat, in the same year. [It's] really rare," says Brian, when asked how he felt to share such an honor with his uncle.

Terry says learning to help was a lesson passed down generations in the family.

"My dad taught us to help whenever we could, he was a big influence," he says.

Several other remarkable stories were told at Wednesday's breakfast.

Andy March sacrifices two hours every three weeks to donate blood platelets to the American Red Cross Blood Center in Liverpool.

In three years, he's helped thousands of cancer patients going through chemotherapy treatments, and organ transplant patients.

Austin Blance, 8, stayed home from school one day last April because he was sick.

He performed CPR -- a feat he says he learned from watching the History Channel -- when his mother collapsed unexpectedly.

In local law enforcement, Sergeants Crayg Dykes and Jeremy Young, with the Onondaga Sheriff's Office, were recognized for saving Nancy Adragna, 96, from a fire in Mattydale.

The bedridden woman was trapped in a room toward the back of the house. The sergeants passed her out a window, to family members waiting on the ground below.

To get to safety themselves, Sgt. Dykes and Sgt. Young had to squeeze through a small window, damaging their utility belts in the process.

"It's a humbling experience. We do this for an occupation, and there was a number of people that were up on the same stage that were just put in a circumstance where they performed as heroes. This is simply a job for us," says Sgt. Jeremy Young.

Both men they were just doing their jobs.

"I'm very honored, I'm more moved by the other stories I heard from the other heroes," says Sgt. Crayg Dykes. "You don't think of yourself as a hero, but you hear these other stories. It's just a great all around experience. I'm very glad to be here."

is the second time Sgt. Dykes has been honored. Last year, he was recognized for being part of a team that rescued four people from a fire in Liverpool.

Throughout the Christmas season, we will introduce you to all of this year's real heroes. Look for their stories of how they helped others who found themselves in dire situations.