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Local Red Cross volunteers were at Bronx Borough Hall Monday to receive special recognition for their years of work.

Many of the people who were honored have a wide range of volunteer experience. From the deadly Belmont fire two years ago all the way down to Puerto Rico for recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. recognized the Red Cross Bronx Disaster Action Team by declaring March "Red Cross Month" in the Bronx.

Many of the recognized volunteers have been working with the team for over 10 years.

“I'm a hurricane survivor from Florida, and I just want to pay back to what they gave to me,” said volunteer Zoraida Anderson.

The Red Cross said its volunteers not only respond to emergencies but also help in other ways through their safety programs. The programs teach families and students about fire safety and prevention.

“Whenever you see somebody with a red jacket on, say 'thank you.' Because you never know when those red jackets are going to come and help you out during your time of need,” said Diaz said.

Diaz added he hopes the recognition inspires others to get involved too.

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