Several local residents are among those honored for their heroic actions last year by the American Red Cross at its recent annual "Heroes of Fairfield County" program.

"The people recognized at this celebration demonstrated a range of behaviors that contribute to heroism: bravery, compassion, empathy and charity," American Red Cross Connecticut CEO Dianne Auger said in a statement. "They changed lives through their actions."

The local honorees include:

Water Safety: Christopher Brenn and Timothy Keefe, both of Southbury, for rescuing a boy drowning in the water off South Benson Marina in Fairfield.

Community Impact: Lou and Maria Dempsey, of Weston, for their work in providing people with carbon-monoxide monitors.

Medical Award: Drs. Ralph Finger, of Westport, and Rafael Squitieri, of Wilton, for their successful treatment of a patient in cardiac arrest, after five resuscitations and hours of surgery.

Each year, in conjunction with Red Cross Month, the state chapter honors people nominated as "heroes" by the public.

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