Six Cleveland firefighters have received recognition for saving lives in the lead-up to the fire department's third annual open house on Saturday.

In a recent ceremony, Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland presented awards to the firefighters for saving two lives in March.

"This was our sole intent for running medical calls a few years back -- to make a difference in someone's life if we were able to reach them quicker than an ambulance," Cleveland fire Chief Steve Haun said.

During the ceremony, fire department officials described the two lifesaving incidents.

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