EXTRAORDINARY IOWANS: Red Cross Honors Heroes

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

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.

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