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TROUTDALE, Ore. -- A Troutdale teen who rescued his young neighbor from a burning house last fall has won a national honor for his bravery.

At just 15, Marcos Ugarte is one of four recipients of this year's National Citizen's Hero Award. He's also the first person under 18 to win the award.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society selected Ugarte and three others out of 23 nominations.

Last September, Ugarte saved his eight-year-old neighbor from a fire. The boy was trapped in the second-floor bedroom of his burning home. With fire fighters on the way, Ugarte propped up a ladder, climbed up and pulled the boy out.

Background:Teen saves neighbor boy in Troutdale fire

Ugarte will travel to Washington D.C. over Spring Break to accept his award.

I think I might be meeting the president, he said. I'd be really psyched.

Since the rescue, Ugarte has been on The Ellen Show, where he received a 10,000 dollar scholarship. He was also featured in People Magazine.

Ugarte takes all the attention in stride.

It's just humbling to get that award, he said. God deserves all the credit because he put me in that spot at that time.

Ugarte will receive his award on March 25th, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Photos:Heroic Troutdale fire rescue

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