Three eastern Iowa men will receive lifesaving awards from the Department of Public Safety this Thursday, and one of them…Jeff Friedlein of Clayton County…is getting a “Lifesaving with Valor,” award for his part in the rescue of a seriously injured unconscious woman, who was trapped in a burning car on June 12th of last year. Lillian Horstman spent 2 ½ weeks in the hospital and a month at a rehab facility, but she survived and authorities say Friedlein’s actions were instrumental in saving her life.
The other eastern Iowa recipients are Cory Johnson of Cedar Falls, who on August 30th of last year, rushed to the scene of a lawnmower accident involving 3-year old Tate Manahl. Johnson heard something, told his wife to call 911, and tried to use his shirt to stop the bleeding from Tate’s seriously injured right leg. When that didn’t work, Cory pulled off his belt and cinched it tightly around the leg, stopping the bleeding. Medical personnel say Tate could’ve died if the bleeding had continued.
The 3rd eastern Iowa lifesaving award goes to Arturo Melendez, who on the day after Christmas last year noticed a woman in distress in a car by the side of the road in Linn County and pulled over. When he couldn’t open the door, Melendez broke out the vehicle’s back window and pulled Vicki Witte out, before giving her CPR. Authorities say Arturo saved a life that day.