Published: Jun 27, 2013 11:57 PM EDT

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- A Lee County woman is being honored after putting her own life at risk to save strangers from a burning car.

Pamela Jones-Morton was on her way to a Christmas party when two cars in front of her collided. The crash happened in December 2011.

Morton has already been awarded the medal of valor, but on Thursday she found out she would be getting the Carnegie Medal.

"It's so strange to actually see my name on this certificate. I consider it a situation any human being should do for any other human being that is in trouble and not a hero. But it is a honor that others consider it that way," said Morton.

The Carnegie Medal is awarded to people who risk their lives while saving or attempting to save the lives of others. Only 13 people from the U.S. and Canada will receive the award this year.