First responders honored by Kiwanis Club of Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) First responders help people every day, but they are not recognized often. Not only were they recognized Wednesday, but it was from the very people they serve and protect.

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Alexandra Ekrich and her work partner shared a scary moment back in March.

"Carlos Sifuentues-Wiseman exited the apartment and immediately pointed the firearm at my partner," Ekrich said.

The two were able to get away safely and rescue a juvenile from harm. Both were honored by the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke.

"It's very important for the Kiwanis Club to honor these people because they're the ones that rush in when things go bad," Kiwanis Club President Andy Stone said.

Eight people were awarded today with a recognition certificate and either a check for $50 or a donation to the their choice of charity. Ekrich says she is grateful.

"It's always a rewarding experience when you get the opportunity to improve someone's life even in the smallest way on the job," Ekrich said.

Police and Fire and Rescue departments in the city and county of Roanoke were all represented. Organizers say it's the least they can do for those who put themselves in harms way every day.