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Updated: 07/15/2014 08:00:01AM

‘Citizen heroes’ honored for fire rescue

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SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER

Charlotte County Fire Chief Marianne Taylor presents Ralph Morak, 50, of Port Charlotte, with a certificate of appreciation during a ceremony Monday at the Public Safety Building in Punta Gorda. Ralph and his son, Gregory Morak, 29, pulled their neighbor from a burning home on the Fourth of July.

SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER

A 65-year-old woman was treated at a local hospital after she inhaled smoke during a blaze at her home on Glendale Avenue in Port Charlotte on July 4.

SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER

A 65-year-old woman was treated at a local hospital after she inhaled smoke during a blaze at her home on Glendale Avenue in Port Charlotte on July 4.

By ADAM KREGER

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A house fire sparked during a Fourth of July cookout in Port Charlotte might have been fatal, had it not been for some quick thinking from a father and son who lived nearby. That’s why the county’s fire chief praised the pair of rescuers on Monday.

Ralph Marok, 50, and Gregory Marok, 29, were recognized Monday during a special ceremony at the Charlotte County Public Safety Building in Punta Gorda. Fire Chief Marianne Taylor bestowed the men with certificates of appreciation — the first the chief has issued to citizens since taking her post in April.

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