Burn Institute honors heroes

On May 16, the Burn Institute recognized 24 local heroes who made a difference in the lives of others, as the organization celebrated its 41st annual Spirit of Courage awards. Each year, the Burn Institute pays tribute to individuals in the community who risked their lives in an effort to save another from burn injury or death by fire.Special honors went to Dallas Neville, former Deputy Fire Chief for the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, who was awarded the County Fire Chiefs’ Association Maltese Award. Neville was recognized for his outstanding efforts to improve communications interoperability for regional first responders.Spirit of Courage award North County recipients included:

— Oceanside Police Department, Officer William Yoder, Officer Nick Nunez and Officer Larry Weber

– San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, Corp. Robert Cardenas

Corp. Marisela Lozano, Corp. Jaime Guzman. Sgt. Brian Nevins, Lt. Mike Knobbe, Deputy Elizabeth Arana, Deputy Garner Davis, Deputy Luke Cully, Deputy Richard Meharg, Deputy Kenneth Feistel, Deputy Kenneth Seel, Deputy Tim Zacharzuk and Deputy Michael Hettinger.

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