"It doesn't take a cape or a mask to make a difference."
Hurricane Sandy relief director Keith Alvey tells us what is really needed
"It takes strength of character the willingness and the appropriate attitude to go into your community and become a hero every single day."
Alvey who was the keynote speaker at the 6th annual hometown heroes luncheon .
Organizers say this a day for Chattanoogans to be told thank you.
"A fireman who literally risked his life to extricate a wounded person from a flipped over car, there's a 15 year old kid who injured himself trying to rescue three other kids from a burning house."
Greg Waite of Chattanooga Red Cross believes today is also an opportunity to say thank you for all the donations they receive from across the Tennessee Valley.
"For disasters, for military, to be out there preparing people, for health and safety training, many areas with blood services, there are a number of avenues, and if it wasn't for that donated dollar we wouldn't be able to do what we do."
The event honored those young and old from our area with awards including Good Samaritan and Disaster Responder.