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Staff Sgt. Tim Richards of the Minnesota National Guard (left) and Chaz Bloom of

Men shrug off hero talk

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CAMP RIPLEY - Staff Sgt. Tim Richards, a Minnesota National Guard recruiter from Pillager, and 17-year-old Chaz Bloom of Little Falls don't consider themselves heroes.

The two men were instrumental in rescuing two women during a winter snowstorm on Nov. 24, the day before Thanksgiving Day, in an incident that could've quickly turned into tragedy.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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