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President Donald Trump opened his State of the Union address by honoring Americans who committed heroic acts over the past year.

He thanked the "Cajun Navy" from the Gulf Coast, who deployed their own boats and risked their lives to save hurricane victims.

Trump gave a nod to Coast Guard Petty Officer Ashlee Leppert, a guest of First Lady Melania Trump.

He said Leppert was one of the first service members on the scene when Hurricane Harvey hit Houston.

Trump also honored California firefighter David Dahlberg.

Dahlberg is credited with rescuing nearly 60 children from a summer camp being threatened by the massive wildfires that ripped through The Golden State.

"We are with you, we love you and we will pull through together," he said, addressing the victims of American tragedy in 2017.

He also honored House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who he called "the Legend from Louisiana."

Scalise was shot by a domestic extremist and nearly died on a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., last June.

Trump said that Scalise was back at work faster than many people imagined.

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