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2018 LIFESAVING AWARD HONOREES

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will recognize seven (7) individuals for unselfish service to their fellow citizens on August 9, 2018, 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

Randy Faux – Meritorious Service Award – Dallas Center, Iowa

Chad Reynolds – Meritorious Service Award – Vail, Iowa

Coral Franklin - Lifesaving Award – Arnolds Park, Iowa

Cory Johnson – Lifesaving Award – Cedar Falls, Iowa

Arturo Melendez – Lifesaving Award - Linn County, Iowa

Jack Wassom – Lifesaving Award – Dickens, Iowa

Jeffrey Friedlein – Lifesaving with Valor Award – Clayton County, Iowa
   

Randy Faux – Meritorious Service Award – Dallas Center, Iowa

On February 2, 2018, at approximately 2:00 PM, a fire started in the garage at the home of Dennis and Paulette Hochstetler in Dallas Center.  Dennis was working in the garage.  Although he sustained injuries from the fire and smoke, he was able to get out of the garage.  Dennis was deeply concerned for the safety of his wife, Paulette, who was inside the house sleeping.  Randy Faux, a Dallas County employee, was traveling north when he saw smoke.  Randy went to the residence and saw Dennis, who was badly burned, in the front yard.  Dennis told him Paulette was still inside the house.  Randy pounded on the door and yelled for Paulette to get out of the house.  Randy and another gentleman woke Paulette and assisted her with getting her shoes and a coat, as the home was beginning to fill with smoke.  Randy also assisted with getting Dennis into the warm van while waiting for the ambulance.  He also had time to move their vehicles out of the driveway to make room for emergency vehicles.  The home was a total loss.  Mr. Dennis Hochstetler was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospital where later that evening, he passed away from his injuries.  Due to the quick and unselfish actions of Randy Faux, Paulette Hochstetler avoided serious injury.  

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Chad Reynolds – Meritorious Service Award – Vail, Iowa

On February 3, 2018, at approximately 11:30 AM, Dorothy Huff was at her home in Vail, Iowa.  Mrs. Huff is 74 years old, is wheel-chair bound, and suffers from dementia and other health issues.  Her daughter and granddaughter, who normally reside with her, were not home on this morning.  She noticed the room getting darker from thick, black smoke.  There was a fire in the living room which is connected to the porch.  Dorothy made her way out of the living room and fell out of her wheel chair onto the floor by the front porch.  She could not get up or reach the handle on the door.  Chad Reynolds, who lived across the street, saw the black smoke coming from the home.  He ran over to the residence and entered the residence; immediately locating Mrs. Huff.  Chad carried Dorothy to his residence.  Chad Reynolds’ unselfish service ensured Mrs. Huff avoided serious injury.          

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Coral Franklin – Lifesaving Award – Arnolds Park, Iowa

On July 28, 2017, at approximately 3:14 PM, Steve Burke was on a bike ride with his son in the Arnolds Park area.  They had just separated as they were returning to the resort.  Mr. Burke collapsed and fell off his bicycle due to having a heart attack.  Some of the resort workers saw him fall and called 911.  Coral Franklin was working at the front desk at this time.  She ran the two blocks to see if she could help.  Coral began CPR as soon as she arrived and continued for approximately five minutes before Chief Al Krueger of the Arnolds Park Police Department arrived.  He had an AED.  Coral assisted with applying the pads.  Just as the ambulance was arriving, approximately ten minutes after he fell, Mr. Burke began to breathe on his own and regained a pulse.  Mr. Burke was taken to a local hospital and then airlifted to Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.  There he was treated and is making a recovery.  The quick actions of Coral Franklin were instrumental in saving the life of Steve Burke.

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Cory Johnson – Lifesaving Award – Cedar Falls, Iowa

On August 30, 2017, at approximately 6:20 PM, Ryan Manahl was mowing his neighbor’s lawn in Cedar Falls.  While riding his mower and backing up, Ryan was looking over his right shoulder when he heard a loud noise realizing he hit something.  When he looked down, he saw his 3 year-old son, Tate.  The lower half of Tate’s body was underneath the mower.  The owner of the residence heard Ryan’s screams.  Ryan and the home owner flipped the mower off of Tate.  Cory Johnson also heard Ryan’s screams for help and came to assist.  He immediately knew someone was hurt and told his wife to call 911.  Cory arrived to see Ryan holding Tate’s abdomen and saw major trauma to Tate’s right leg.  Mr. Johnson removed his shirt and attempted to use it as a tourniquet but soon realized it was not working.  Cory then used a belt and cinched it tightly on Tate’s right leg and stopped the bleeding.  He kept the belt tight until medical professionals arrived to assist.  Tate has endured many surgeries and is still recovering from his injuries.  Cory’s quick and unselfish actions are credited for saving Tate’s life. 

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Arturo Melendez – Lifesaving Award- Linn County, Iowa

On December 26, 2017, at approximately 10:00 AM, Vicki Witte suffered a medical condition while she was in her vehicle in Linn County and pulled over to the side of the road.  Vicki became unconscious.  Arturo Melendez was driving by when he noticed she was in distress.  Arturo parked his car in front of her vehicle and tried to open her door.  Being unable to open the door, he broke her back window, dragged Vicki out of the car and began CPR.  Arturo administered CPR until professionals arrived.  Ms. Witte was transported to a local hospital and has recovered from her condition.  Arturo Melendez’ quick response administering CPR saved the life of Vicki Witte

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Jack Wassom – Lifesaving Award - Clayton County, Iowa

On December 11, 2017, at approximately 8:38 AM, Marlyn Van Tol was driving a semi-tractor and trailer eastbound on Highway 18 near Dickens.  He had stopped on the shoulder to check on some loose straps.  As Mr. Van Tol stood on the traffic side of the shoulder checking on his semi-tractor trailer, an eastbound pickup pulling a trailer side-swiped Van Tol’s semi-trailer, striking Mr. Van Tol.  In the collision, Van Tol’s right leg was completely severed at the knee area.  Several motorists that witnessed the collision immediately stopped to provide assistance.  Van Tol was lying on the road, losing a large amount of blood from his injury.  Jack Wassom and another motorist, from separate vehicles, approached him.  The other motorist dialed 911.  Jack immediately removed his belt from his waist and used it as a tourniquet on Van Tol’s leg.  He kept tension on the tourniquet to slow down the bleeding.  The other motorist and Wassom stayed with Mr. Van Tol until rescue arrived.  Sadly, Marlyn Van Tol passed away in the hospital nine days later, following several surgeries and a subsequent infection. Without the quick actions of Jack Wassom, Mr. Van Tol may not have had an extra nine (9) days with his family. 

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Jeffrey Friedlein – Lifesaving with Valor Award – Clayton County, Iowa

On June 12, 2017, at approximately 4:00 PM, Lillian Horstman was the front seat passenger in a vehicle traveling with two other occupants.  They were westbound on Garber Road in Clayton County. The driver lost control of the vehicle and entered the south ditch.  The vehicle overturned in the cornfield, coming to rest on its top, and became engulfed in flames.  The rear passenger was ejected from the vehicle.  The driver and Lillian remained inside the vehicle.  The driver was able to get out of the vehicle, but Lillian was trapped inside, unconscious, with serious injuries.  Clayton County Deputy Tim Englehardt attempted to extinguish the fire with fire extinguishers but was unsuccessful.  Guttenberg Officer Kari Hoyheim attempted to extinguish the fire around Lillian.  Jeffrey Friedlein overheard the fire page and saw the black smoke in the air. He quickly retrieved two large-capacity fire extinguishers from his dump truck and went to the crash scene.  Jeffrey and Deputy Englehardt used the fire extinguishers to knock down the fire before fire personnel arrived and fully extinguished the flames.  Lillian was extricated from the vehicle.  The driver was taken to a local hospital.  Lillian and the other passenger were airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with critical injuries.  Five days later, the other passenger passed away due to the injuries sustained.  Lillian Horstman spent 2 ½ weeks in the hospital and a month at a rehabilitation facility.  Jeffrey Friedlein’s actions were selfless and courageous.  He risked his own life and was instrumental in saving the life of Lillian Horstman.   

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