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Extaordinary Iowans
I got her up and her hair was burned off. She had a burn on her arm and a burn on her face so that`s when I got her out of there. - John Ostring

A hero is an ordinary person who does something extraordinary. Friday, The American Red Cross will honor 16 of those extraordinary Iowans.

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Among them, John Ostring, who pulled his neighbor from her burning home seconds after it exploded. “When I went around the corner I seen her lying in the bedroom there by the kitchen, bedroom. All the walls had blown down and the fire, the insulation was burning. And she fell down, I got her up and her hair was burned off. She had a burn on her arm and a burn on her face so that`s when I got her out of there.” Ostring said.

Also honored:

  • Doug Armstrong, who used the Heimlich Maneuver to save an elderly man choking on a piece of meat.
  • Angie Cupp-Hommer, who pulled a five year old boy out of the wreckage of his mother’s car and performed CPR until medics arrived.
  • Travis Hamilton, a Johnston Police detective who donated a kidney to his 18-month-old son.
  • Ed Johnson, the principal at Whittier Elementary School in Indianola. Johnson saved a fifth grader who was choking on food by performing the Heimlich Maneuver.
  • Dave McCaulley, Ryan Brown, Matt Myers, Ben Weir, Doug Bates and Rob Bacon. The six were playing golf at Indian Creek Country Club in Nevada when Denny Kjarland suffered a heart attack. The men performed CPR.
  • Anne Murr, who is the coordinator of the Adult Literacy Center at Drake University.
  • Craig and Shirley Phinney, who founded Cops Against Cancer after Criag was diagnosed in 2009. The organization provides financial assistance to cancer patients and their families.
  • Ann Thomas, the founder of Let’s Soar Together, an organization that has donated iPads and iPods to children with behavioral disorders in the Waukee School District.
  • Tyler Weig who donated his kidney to a complete stranger, starting the longest kidney transplant chain ever to take place in Iowa.
  • The breakfast begins at 7 a.m. at the Hy-Vee Conference Center in West Des Moines. The program starts at 7:30 a.m.