LASALLE, MI (WTOL) - Heroes were honored Thursday night in Monroe County, and among them was Attorney Erik Chappell.
Chappell and his two sons are alive today because of his courageous actions the night of September 20, 2011.
Chappell was driving the boys to football practice when his car exploded. Instinctively, he rescued the injured boys from the burning vehicle.
Authorities say someone intentionally placed a bomb in the car, but no arrests have been made in the case.
"Obviously something very bad happened to us but it was so quickly overshadowed by the amount of goodness we saw in the community and we're forever grateful." Chappell said during his emotional acceptance speech.
Chappell won the Adult Good Samaritan Award from the Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Chappell was nominated by Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Costello for his bravery.
"Regardless of the challenges, it's just amazing how human nature takes over. Just a truly amazing thing" says Judge Costello.
Chappell thanked first responders, medical personnel and law enforcement for their quick help on the night of the explosion.
At first, Chappell says the incident left him feeling isolated and in a dark place.
"With the support of the people in our community, it took us from that dark place and really uplifted us."
For the last 10 years, the Red Cross in Monroe County has held it's Everyday Heroes event.
There are 10 different categories. People are nominated and a committee honors those who have saved a life, or contributed to saving a life.
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