Parade Honors "Everyday Heroes"

By Mallory Lane

Published 07/04 2014 05:25PM

Updated 07/04 2014 05:47PM

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - It's a day to honor America's heroes and that's precisely what they did in Centre County Friday.

The third annual America's Got Heroes Parade is honoring "everyday heroes" on the Fourth of July.

"I'm humbled every time I talk with one of them," 4th Fest Vice President Pat Knobloch said. "These people, they're just such everyday heroes."

That's the theme of this year's America's Got Heroes Parade. Knobloch said each of the eight heroes being honored Friday are an important part of the community.

"They're the type that they just continually do what they do and they're all good things," he said.

Take Shirley Karduck for example. We introduced you to her back in April.

Karduck is a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Mount Nittany Medical Center. She was on her way to breakfast when Bryant Musser went into cardiac arrest and crashed his truck down a hill in State College.

Karduck performed CPR on Musser on the side of the road for six minutes and is credited with saving his life.

"When I was first told I was being nominated as a hometown hero, I was surprised," Karduck said. "I guess I don't see myself as that."

Gerald Herr nominated Karduck. He's a patient of hers and after hearing what she did to help Mr. Musser, he knew he had to do something to honor her.

"Somebody that is there to help somebody that is really in need and they do what they have to to help that person out, that's a hero," Herr said.

Someone like Michael Herr. You may know him as Mike the Mailman.

"There are so many unsung heroes in this community," he said. "I don't think there is a more giving community in the country."

Mike the Mailman was a real crowd pleaser in Friday's parade.

"I appreciate the honor that someone nominated me to be a hero, but in a true sense of the word hero, I'm not really a hero, I'm just doing what I do," he said.

This is a big day for the Ritzman family, too. Especially for Ellie. She's raising money for the Children's Miracle Network through bake sales. She's giving back to an organization who gave so much to her.

"In the past seven years, we've gone over the $40,000 mark," Dianne Ritzman, Ellie's mother, said. "This year was $11,000 alone."

In a day all about honoring heroes, this crowd sure knows how to thank them.

To see a list of all of the heroes honored in the America's Got Heroes Parade, visit the parade website.

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