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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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