Pulling a neighbor from a house fire. Dragging a driver out of a sinking car. Protecting a fallen hiker.

At a banquet this week, the American Red Cross of Summit, Portage, and Medina Counties will honor 12 area residents for “Acts of Courage.” The organization has been spotlighting heroism at this annual affair for 22 years.

In addition to Eathan Cobbins of Ravenna, featured separately, here are their stories:

•Blake Osborn of Stow

Blake and Miranda Osborn were hiking the Glens Trail in the Gorge Metro Park on Labor Day weekend when Blake, a certified wilderness expert, guided her to an offshoot of the official trail to give her a better view of the river.

That’s when he spied a man at the bottom of a rocky hill, sitting with a shoe off, a splash of red on the rock next to him.

“Are you hurt? Do you need help?” Blake Osborn called out.

The man responded “no,” but Osborn wasn’t convinced. He decided to make his way to the bottom to see for himself while telling other nearby hikers to dial 911.

The man, as it turned out, was in shock, having fallen down the hill. A gash in his forehead was bleeding heavily, and both ankles were broken.

Blake removed his shirt and tied it around the man’s head, then positioned himself to keep the man’s head and neck steady, fearing a spinal injury. He worked to keep the fallen hiker awake and alert, all while fending off yellow jackets until a rescue team could reach them two hours later.

•Wade Wooten of Twinsburg.

It was a cold day last February when Wade Wooten noticed a strange haze filling the sky outside of his home. Stepping outside to investigate, he was overwhelmed by the smell of smoke and saw thick black plumes pouring out of his neighbor’s air-conditioning unit.

Wooten ran to his neighbor’s apartment and banged on the door while shouting her name. There was no response.

Calling on the training he’d received from the fire and rescue division while serving in the U.S. Navy, Wooten rammed the door open, then heard his neighbor calling from the second floor.

A wall of smoke and flame in his way, he hurried around to the back of the home, climbed a wall and jumped to a bedroom balcony.

He reached the woman, but she resisted leaving her four small dogs still inside. Wooten was working to convince her there was no time to go back in when the balcony gave way.

The two tumbled to the ground, where Wooten lifted his neighbor in his arms and carried her to the curb to wait for first responders.

The pair were treated for smoke inhalation and the four dogs were lost. To help her through her grief, Wooten gave to her a gift of his own dog, which the neighbor had given to him three years earlier.

• Matt Petrick of Akron, Jennifer Dyer of Uniontown, Laura Deubel of Rootstown, Karen Sheppard of Akron and Dan Flowers of Akron.

At the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank last February, Laura Deubel ran from her office to investigate a call that a volunteer had fainted. As soon as she saw the scene, she shouted “Code Blue!” — a phrase quickly repeated over the speaker system.

Immediately, trained and designated staffers dropped their duties and raced to the distribution warehouse. Horace Lewis, the friendly and familiar 87-year-old who always picked up groceries for people served by Bridging the Gap Ministries, was unresponsive, lying on the floor.

The team worked quickly to perform CPR while an automated external defibrillator, or AED, was retrieved from an office wall. Once the machine was attached, it dictated steps for the staffers to follow. Lewis was breathing when paramedics arrived and took him away in an ambulance.

The food bank employees lauded the value of having an AED that spoke to them, taking control of the situation and guiding them through each step.

• Fire Lt. Jeffrey Layne of Akron and police Patrolman James Craft of Akron.

Off-duty firefighter Jeffrey Layne was getting ready to enjoy a ride around Summit Lake last April with his wife and a friend when an SUV suddenly drove off the pier and into the cold, murky water.

While others called 911, Layne jumped into the lake. Spotting a car seat through the back window, he feared the worst.

The 911 call found its way to officer James Craft, who was already in the area. Hearing a family might be on board the sinking car, he quickly veered to the site, jumped out, removed his vest and joined Layne in the water.

Craft was soon joined by other fire rescue officers, and together they broke out windows, concluding there were no children in the car.

With the water now up to the driver’s chin, Craft grabbed hold of the driver and pulled him out of the vehicle through the broken window. The driver panicked and wrapped his arms around Craft, pushing him under the water. But Craft was able to regain control and, with the help of others, pulled the driver to the shore.

• Officer Jason Strainer of Akron and Dr. John Bober of Uniontown.

Dr. John Bober was sitting in his office at Akron Children’s Hospital last May when he noticed a man and woman sitting at a table outside his window. A loud thump brought Bober’s attention back to the pair, where the man was lying on the ground with the woman shouting for help.

Nearby, Akron police officer Jason Strainer and his partner, Kent Shively, were walking their normal beat when they noticed the commotion. While Shively called EMS, Strainer and Bober reached the man and began performing CPR.

Strainer continued the CPR while Bober ran inside to retrieve an AED. The efforts kept the man alive long enough to be transported to the hospital, where he survived another few days, giving his family a chance to say their goodbyes.