10/21/2014 11:29 EDT | Updated 12/21/2014 05:59 EST

Carolyn Cross talks with CBC's Andrew Chang about surviving plane crash

Six B.C. residents were recognized for their heroism Tuesday after they ran into a burning plane in Richmond three years ago and pulled seven people from the fire.

At a ceremony in Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Governor General David Johnston presented the men with Medals of Bravery for their heroic rescue effort on that October day in 2011.

Jeremy Kerr, Lonney Lee, Shawn Nagurny, Francis Nand, HaimPeri and John Redmond rushed into a small plane that had crash landed short of Vancouver Airport.

Carolyn Cross was one of the women on board.

She texted her children as the plane lost control thinking it was the end. Cross was in Ottawa for the ceremony Tuesday and talked to the CBC's Andrew Chang about her experience.