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2017 LIFESAVING AWARD HONOREES

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will recognize twelve individuals for unselfish service to their fellow citizens on August 10, 2017, at the Iowa State Fair. The Governor's Lifesaving Awards Ceremony recognizes citizens who helped a friend or neighbor in critical need of assistance, and in turn, became everyday heroes. There are four categories in which honorees are recognized: lifesaving with valor, lifesaving, meritorious service, and outstanding service as listed below:

  • Lifesaving With Valor: Award is presented to those persons who, while risking their own life, saved the lives of others;
  • Lifesaving: Award is given to those who have saved the lives of others without apparent risk to their own life;
  • Meritorious Service: Award is presented to those individuals who have rendered expeditious service in a time of emergency.
  • Outstanding Service: Award is presented to persons who have performed a courageous act in an attempt to save an individual who was in danger of losing his or her life or an unselfish service rendered in time of emergency and not necessarily life threatening.

Listed below is a synopsis of the type of award and each person's heroic actions.

 

Award Honorees

Mason Lilienthal and Morgan Lilienthal – Outstanding Service Award – Tipton, Iowa; Mitchell Stumbo – Meritorious Service Award – Tipton, Iowa

Jeffery Hawes – Meritorious Service Award – Waukon, Iowa

David Abrahamson – Lifesaving – Shakopee, Minnesota; Jason Brown and Randy Krile – Lifesaving – Spencer, Iowa

Julie LaRue – Lifesaving – Ankeny, Iowa

Sean Gibson – Lifesaving - Colfax, Iowa

Roy Flowers – Lifesaving – Topeka, Kansas; TJ (Timothy) Hodge – Lifesaving – Polk City, Iowa; Jason McIntire – Lifesaving – Winterset, Iowa

 
   

Mason Lilienthal and Morgan Lilienthal – Outstanding Service Award – Tipton, Iowa; Mitchell Stumbo – Meritorious Service Award – Tipton, Iowa

On June 21, 2016, at approximately 9:45 p.m., Megan Lilienthal experienced a seizure while driving her vehicle. She had her two children with her:  Mason, age 12, and Morgan age 10.  With their Mother incapacitated, both Mason and Morgan worked together to steer the vehicle.  Mason and Morgan were able to steer the vehicle into a parking lot and drive in circles attempting to slow the vehicle and stop.  As the car slowed, Morgan was able to jump out and run to a nearby business to call for help.  Mitchell Stumbo witnessed this activity and aided Mason by running alongside the vehicle and providing direction so Mason could turn off the ignition.  The vehicle then safely came to a stop without injury or damage.  Local Emergency Medical Services soon arrived to care for Megan Lilienthal.  As a result of Mason and Morgan’s actions, they were all spared injury in a dangerous situation.  Additionally, they were able to ensure their Mother received necessary medical care.  Mitchell Stumbo’s unselfish service also ensured Mason and Megan avoided serious injuries.

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Jeffery Hawes – Meritorious Service Award – Waukon, Iowa

On February 5, 2016, just after 7:00 a.m., Les Keune was ice fishing along the Mississippi River near New Albin, Iowa.  Mr. Keune was traveling along the ice on a snowmobile when the ice gave way.  Both Mr. Keune and his machine sank into the icy water.  Unable to swim and hanging onto a small strap connected to an ice shelter, Mr. Keune was in serious trouble, he was in the icy water more than 30 minutes, losing his grip and he knew he would not be able to continue hanging onto the strap.  After a couple of attempts to use his cell phone, Mr. Keune was able to make contact with a friend that resulted in emergency personnel being dispatched.  Members of the New Albin Fire Department arrived to assist with the emergency.  As they arrived, they could see Mr. Keune, but had no way to reach him.  Jeffery Hawes was nearby with his hovercraft.  After being asked by the New Albin Fire Department, Jeffery Hawes immediately offered his help.  Jeffery Hawes and Fireman Ben Reburn used the hovercraft to rescue Mr. Keune.  This unselfish act saved Mr. Kuene’s life.          

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David Abrahamson – Lifesaving – Shakopee, Minnesota; Jason Brown and Randy Krile – Lifesaving – Spencer, Iowa

On May 18, 2016, while at the Emerald Hills Golf Club in Arnolds Park, Iowa, Thomas Madigan became unconscious as a result of heart attack.  Three nearby golfers, David Abrahamson, Jason Brown, and Randy Krile all noticed Mr. Madigan’s situation and ran to his aid.  All three men had received CPR training although none were aware each other had been trained in CPR.  They all worked together to perform CPR as emergency personnel were dispatched.  After several minutes, local police arrived and used an AED in addition to CPR, until paramedics and the ambulance arrived.  Without this quick response, Mr. Madigan may not have survived. 

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Julie LaRue – Lifesaving – Ankeny, Iowa

On May 9, 2017 in the late afternoon, Monte Engh became ill while riding his bicycle near Saylorville in Polk County.  Mr. Engh fell off his bicycle and was clearly in distress.  Several other cyclists stopped and called 911.  Julie LaRue and her husband stopped after noticing Mr. Engh’s distress.  Julie asked another bystander if Mr. Engh had a pulse and immediately moved to check him herself.  After not feeling a heartbeat, Julie immediately began CPR.  After several minutes, paramedics and an ambulance arrived with an AED.  The use of the AED was credited with restarting Mr. Engh’s heart.  Prior to the arrival of the emergency personnel, Mr. Engh had been in full cardiac arrest.  Julie LaRue’s intervention has been credited as a lifesaving action by medical professionals.

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Sean Gibson – Lifesaving - Colfax, Iowa

On August 6, 2016 shortly after 9:30 a.m., Janice Bragg was walking her two dogs near Colfax, Iowa.  As she passed a home with four other dogs in the yard, a fight between the six dogs ensued. In her effort to separate the animals, she was unsuccessful and suffered serious bites and was near exhaustion.  At that point, as Sean Gibson was driving nearby, he saw what was happening.  He could see that Janice Bragg was in serious trouble, as the dogs were actively biting and mauling her.  Sean immediately intervened by inserting himself into the dangerous situation.  After several minutes, Sean was able to free Janice and secure both himself and Janice in his vehicle until law enforcement and Emergency Medical Services could arrive. Sean Gibson’s intervention made it possible for Janice Bragg to receive the medical care she needed following this incident. 

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Roy Flowers – Lifesaving – Topeka, Kansas; TJ (Timothy) Hodge – Lifesaving – Polk City, Iowa; Jason McIntire – Lifesaving – Winterset, Iowa

On April 7, 2017, just after 10:30 a.m., a cement mixer was forced off the road by another vehicle on Interstate 235 near the intersection of Interstate 80 north of Des Moines.  After leaving the roadway, the cement mixer crashed into a barrier, and the truck rolled onto its side and slid into the north ditch.  During this collision, a part of the truck’s fuel tank was severed, causing a fire.  When the truck came to rest, the cement truck driver (Frederick Boutchee) was injured and trapped inside the vehicle.  Three men witnessed this collision and immediately stopped to provide assistance.  These men were unknown to each other and responded, knowing this was a very dangerous situation.  Roy Flowers, TJ Hodge, and Jason McIntire all got out of their vehicles and ran to the truck.  Roy Flowers worked to free the driver from his seatbelt while TJ Hodge and Jason McIntire help direct the men to use a small rear window.  Given the position of the vehicle and the driver’s injuries, the men lifted and carried the driver to safety.  All three men were instrumental in ensuring Mr. Boutchee was freed from the vehicle and moved away from the spreading fire.  Without their actions, Mr. Boutchee would not have been able to free himself from the truck.  Moments after he was safely moved away from the truck, the flames engulfed the cab.

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