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Teen hero from Troutdale may receive national medal

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A teenager who saved an 8-year-old boy's life could be nationally recognized for his heroic actions. Marcos Ugarte, 14, has been picked as one of 23 finalists for a Civilian Medal of Honor award. 

Back in September 2012, Marcos heard screams coming from his neighbor's burning house on Hewitt Avenue in Troutdale.

That's when he sprung into action, using a ladder to climb up to the second floor and rescue his young, frightened neighbor who was trapped in the burning home.

"I grabbed the ladder and propped it up so it was next to the window, and I punched the screen door out or the window screen. I told the kid to come out feet first, and he came down the ladder. And I carried him and gave him to the lady who was standing next to us," Ugarte said at the time.

Three of the finalists will be awarded the medal at a ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on March 25.

"It's a good feeling to see the joy in the family and that no one was hurt so that's a good feeling," Ugarte said Tuesday. "I just think about it a lot. Mainly, that I did something good for another family and another person."

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