A Fairbury, Nebraska man and a Hinton, Iowa man will represent their respective states as “citizen heroes” when the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers meet the University of Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday, November 29th in the third-annual Hy-Vee Heroes Game.
The Heroes Game uses the national stage created by this new Big Ten football rivalry to honor the heroic efforts of individuals and organizations in America’s heartland. Fans of both schools were invited to nominate residents of Iowa and Nebraska who have performed extraordinary acts of heroism and service in their communities. From among those nominated, staff and volunteers from the American Red Cross selected the following winners, who will be recognized during a halftime ceremony on the field in Lincoln’s Memorial Stadium.
Caleb Amundson, Fairbury, Neb. 18-year old Caleb Amundson was at Harlan County Lake in Central Nebraska on Labor Day to enjoy an afternoon of jet skiing and fishing. Little did the young man (who volunteers as a firefighter in rural Fairbury, NE) know that this year's holiday celebration would include saving a life. While at the boat ramp loading his jet ski onto his pickup truck, Caleb saw a nearby boater attempting to launch. Suddenly, the neighboring vehicle's brakes gave way, plunging the pontoon, truck & driver into the water. Recognizing quickly that the driver was not surfacing, Caleb dove into the murky lake. Unable to see, Caleb focused on feeling for the truck's mirror when he made contact with the submerged driver’s arm and pulled the man to safety.
Mike Klemmensen, Hinton, IA. Mike Klemmensen doesn’t think of himself as a hero, but certainly this career firefighter is a hero to many in his northwest Iowa community. The full-time Sioux City firefighter and volunteer with the Hinton Fire Department saved the lives of four adults and two children on the night of August 20, 2013. When Mike saw smoke coming from their Hinton home, he raced inside, woke everyone up and made sure they all got out safely. He then woke up the neighbors in case the flames from the fully engulfed home spread to their houses. Mike stayed on the scene, helping to fight the fire in 90 degree temperatures, for seven hours!
Athletic Directors Shawn Eichorst of the University of Nebraska and Gary Barta of the University of Iowa will make a special presentation to the Heroes Game honorees, whose names will be inscribed on the Heroes Game trophy. Amundson, Klemmensen and members of their families will be guests of the Cornhuskers and the Hawkeyes at the game and will participate in a variety of special pregame activities. Representatives from Hy-Vee, presenting sponsor of the Heroes Game, will present a check to the American Red Cross just before kickoff to show support for the Heroes recognized and the important work of the American Red Cross in Nebraska and Iowa.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Hy-Vee, Inc., founded in 1930, is an employee-owned corporation operating 234 retail stores in eight Midwestern states. For fiscal year 2013 Hy-Vee will record sales of $8 billion, ranking it among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.
Nebraska Hero Contact
Nebraska/SW Iowa Region
American Red Cross
Cell: (402) 689-3683
Iowa Hero Contact
Serving Greater Iowa
American Red Cross
Cell: (515) 664-6326
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