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For immediate release: Trooper Alex Dinkla
November 16, 2017 Public Information Officer
Iowa Department of Public Safety
  dinkla@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 443-6644

2017 Sullivan Brothers'
Award of Valor Ceremony


DES MOINES, Iowa
-- The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) will host the annual Sullivan Brothers’ Award of Valor Ceremony on Monday, November 20, 2017. The event will take place at the State Capitol Rotunda at 10:30 AM.

Governor Kim Reynolds and DPS Commissioner Roxann Ryan will honor five individuals with the 2017 Sullivan Brothers’ Award of Valor for their heroic efforts in saving the lives of Iowans during critical times of need.


2017 Sullivan Brothers' Award of Valor Recipients:

Firefighter Jeff Hoover -  Marion Fire Department
Firefighter Peter Lammer - Marion Fire Department
Firefighter Jeremy Smith - Marion Fire Department
Firefighter Zachary Bruce - Marion Fire Department

On December 8, 2016, at 10:52 AM, a call came in to the Marion Fire Department for a "semi roll-over".  Firetrucks and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene.  A semi cab was almost completely submerged under the water (with the driver's side completely underwater). Witnesses on scene stated that they had not witnessed anyone exit the semi.  These four fireman men will be honored for their heroic actions performed during this vehicle crash.

Trooper Dustin Henningsen - Iowa State Patrol

On February 28, 2017, Trooper Henningsen was working in the Bettendorf, Iowa area and came upon a vehicle that was on fire in a roadside ditch. Trooper Henningsen entered the burning vehicle to rescue the trapped driver. Trooper Henningsen will be honored for his heroic actions performed during this very dangerous situation.


The Sullivan Brothers' Award of Valor shall be awarded to peace officers and firefighters who, while serving in an official capacity, distinguished themselves by the performance of an heroic act in excess of normal demands of police or fire service where the person was fully aware of the threat to his/her personal safety, in the past fiscal year.

Media Contact:
Trooper Alex Dinkla
Iowa Department of Public Safety and Iowa State Patrol Public Information Officer
515-443-6644
Email: dinkla@dps.state.ia.us

 

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