Posted 10:01 AM 10/18/2012 : 4 'Heroes of the Year' honored at Heroes Day celebration
TUCSON - Four first responders in Southern Arizona were honored at "Heroes of the Year" at award ceremony in observance of Heroes Day at La Encantada this morning.
University of Arizona Medical Center Trauma Suergeon Peter Rhee, who operated on Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot on January 8, 2011, paid tribute to all Southern Arizona first responders, and these four exceptional heroes during Tucson's fifth observance of Heroes Day.
Below are the stories of the four Heroes of the Year, from a University of Arizona Heath Network news release:
• Jobe Dickinson, a Tucson Police Department officer who responded to an armed robbery and coordinated the response of several other patrol units, which resulted in the capture of all four suspects.
Ty Cobb, a firefighter at Northwest Fire Department who, while off-duty, freed a crash victim from a burning vehicle and also rendered medical care to other victims until additional personnel arrived at the scene.
• Roberto Heredia, a U.S. Border Patrol agent who hiked up mountains on one of the hottest days of the year to provide aid, carry to safety through rugged terrain and ultimately save the life of a semi-conscious and combative alien.
• Aaron Escalante, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force who - along with his military working dog - assessed an Afghani terrorist operations site, detecting an arsenal of weapons and hidden explosives to secure the site and suspend terrorist operations there.
Heroes Day was created in Tucson in 2008 to officer fallen Tucson Police officer Erik Hite, and to thank law enforcement members and first responders who put their lives at risk every day.
Tune in to News 4 Tucson at Noon for a full report.
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