WASHINGTON D.C. – A Troutdale teenager received the National Citizens Hero Award Monday at the nation’s capital.
He is is the youngest person ever to be chosen for the national award.
Last September, then 14-year-old Marcos Ugarte saved his 7-year-old neighbor from the second-story of a burning home. He set up and climbed a ladder to the window to bring the boy down to safety.
The award was for "unsung citizen heroes who've saved lives in extraordinary circumstances" and Ugarte was honored at the Arlington National Cemetery Monday, along with four other citizen heroes.
"We believe that the values of the medal, courage, sacrifice and selflessness are present in all Americans. These four hometown heroes have demonstrated these values by acting courageously to change fate. We celebrate these heroes today, and thank them for the hope they give us," Medal of Honor Society President Hal Fritz said during the ceremony.
This isn’t the only time Ugarte has been recognized for his brave actions. Last October, he got some time in the national spotlight during a guest appearance on “Ellen.”
Ugarte and his family have spent the past few days sightseeing in Washington D.C. They even got a private tour of the United States Capitol.