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Last weekend’s Tunnel to Towers event in Alpena showcased incredible acts of bravery by local emergency responders.

When fast-moving waters swept a 10-year-old boy toward the base of Four-Mile Dam in Alpena Township, the quick actions of firefighters Chris Kinsey and Jacob Ordway brought the frightened boy safely to shore.

At Tunnel to Towers, Alpena Township Fire Chief Mark Hansen presented a Lifesaving Award to Kinsey and a Medal of Valor to Ordway.

Michigan State Police-Alpena Post Trooper Jacob Strong in September rescued an elderly couple from their burning home in Spruce.

At Tunnel to Towers, organizers honored Strong with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s Follow the Footsteps Award. In February, the state police awarded Strong a citation for bravery.

The recipients of these awards have all said their actions represent just another day in the office, and they’re right.

For the brave men and women who don the uniforms of firefighters and police officers, bravery is part of the job description.

We say thank you to Strong, Kinsey and Ordway, and thank you to everyone in uniform.

Thanks for the heroism.

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