photo provided by LSU Health Sciences Foundation

Some very special heroes were honored this evening by the LSU Health Sciences Foundation.

In 2005, young Zep Washington was severely burned in a house fire and his airway was badly damaged and scarred.  A tracheotomy tube kept him alive but he was unable to talk until last year when an amazing medical procedure gave him back his voice.

In 2011, Kathy Heitz was close to having a baby when she began bleeding uncontrollably.  She was flown to LSU Health Shreveport where a team of doctors worked feverishly to save her life and the life of her unborn baby.

Both Zep and Kathy were on hand this evening at the Shreveport Convention Center when some eighty first-responders and medical professionals were honored for the rolls they played in saving those two lives.  It was the third year that the foundation has hosted it's "An Evening for Heroes" event.

Photo provided by LSU Health Sciences Foundation