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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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Iowans Honored for Heroic Efforts

Des Moines, Iowa --- Today, August 17, 2011, Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad recognized 26 individuals for unselfish service to their fellow citizens and family members 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, meritorius 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.
Lifesaving Award Ceremony
Attendees Applaud Recipients Governor Branstad Offers Remarks

To view a full list of award recipients, as well as view photos of each heroic Iowan, visit the DPS web page on the 2011 Iowa Governor's Lifesaving Awards .



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