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Noblesville residents honored for ice rescue

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Joyce Peters with granddaughter Aubrey Joyce Peters with granddaughter Aubrey

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Indianapolis - The American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis has some new members in its Hall of Fame. It honored three people for saving two others last year in Noblesville.

A 14-year-old girl and her grandparents got a standing ovation today in Indianapolis for what they did exactly one year ago Thursday in Noblesville.

On March 10th, 2010, Morse Reservoir was still covered with ice, but the ice was too thin to hold seven-year-old Jessica Moore and her four-year-old sister Sidney. They fell through while walking on the ice near the shore.

Neighbor Aubrey Peters heard their screams, and that started a chain of events that saved the little girls' lives. Aubrey ran to her grandparents for help. She called 911 and helped keep the little girls alive until paramedics got there to help.

"That included CPR for 12 minutes before the emergency response team came and both kids are alive and well and able to tell the story," said Gail McGovern, American Red Cross CEO.

For that calm under pressure, the American Red Cross decided to put Aubrey and her grandparents into its Heroes Hall of Fame.

"I was very very proud of her, and thankful that she had the wherewithal to do what she did because otherwise we would have lost a couple of neighbors that we dearly love," said Joyce Peters.

Aubrey was 13 at the time. She says she didn't take time to think about what she was doing, and that instinct took over.

"At the time, I just thought I have to save them; you know, I don't want them to have to wait or anything, so you're not really thinking, 'oh, I'm going to get an award,'" said Aubrey.

The Indianapolis chapter of the Red Cross started its Hall of Fame awards to honor people who embody the core values of the Red Cross - seeing a need and responding with a specific act of courage or kindness.

See the 2010 inductees

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