Humble hero recognized for courageous act

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LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. -- A Lee's Summit man almost froze to death back in December, but a quick reaction from two strangers saved his life. This week, the men were honored by the police and firefighters.

It was just before 5 o’clock on a Saturday when Larry Roberts and his wife were headed to mass. As Larry held the door, a man came running up to him with a frantic request for a cell phone.

"I said, ‘Yes, what's going on?’ He said there's a guy down in the creek and he's frozen!" explained Roberts.

Both men took off running, a couple hundred yards away into Legacy Park.

"Literally, everything was just frozen hood and everything frozen too him," said Roberts.

A call to 911 got help on the way. Since neither man had a blanket, Roberts improvised.

"I took my down coat off that I had on and I basically put the coat on him, then I laid on him," said Roberts.

Help arrived and the injured man, who didn't want to be identified, was rushed to the hospital. That was in early December, but Roberts thought about that day often.

"Hadn't been a day or a week gone by since the incident I hadn't thought about him, how he was," explained Roberts.

Roberts got his answer this week at a special ceremony at a Lee's Summit fire station. He and Weist were recognized for their help in saving the man.

"It was really overwhelming to say the least, everyone making such a big deal, we just helped this guy," said Roberts.

It was kind of tough for Roberts, he just did what he hoped anyone would do, and he's adamant about not being a hero. He says the men and women who respond to emergencies every day are the heroes, he was just doing what was right.

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