Cedar Falls Man Receives Lifesaving Award at Iowa State Fair
Two northeast Iowa residents were honored with Governor's Lifesaving Awards during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair on Thursday (Aug. 9, 2018).
Cory Johnson of Cedar Falls received the Lifesaving With Valor Award for his actions last year. Johnson ran over to assist at an accident in which Tate Manahl, 3, was run over by a lawn mower, driven by his father, in Cedar Falls. Johnson used his belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding of the young boy's very serious injuries to his leg.
Clayton County resident Jeffrey Friedlein was also honored. On June 12, 2017, Friedlein overheard a fire page, spotted black smoke in the air, and grabbed two large-capacity fire extinguishers from his dump truck. He responded to the scene of an accident on Garber Road, in which a car went off the road and into a ditch, rolling onto it's top. A passenger, Lillian Horstman, was trapped inside the burning vehicle. Friedlein and a deputy were able to knock down the blaze before firefighters arrived. Horstman and another passenger, were air-lifted to University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, where she was treated and underwent weeks of rehabilitation; the other passenger died from the injuries. Friedlein is credited with risking his own life to save another.
In all, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds honored seven people who offered their services to save the life of another.