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National Weather Service to Honor Local Officials

IOWA CITY- When the tornadoes blew through Iowa City in April, emergency management officials stepped up to help deal with the crisis situation. Friday, several people will be honored by the National Weather Service.

The tornadoes caused a lot of damage and a lot of chaos, and the National Weather Service noticed how well emergency management officials in Johnson County and Iowa City handled the aftermath.

They're calling them "Local Heroes" and that's why they're honoring five people with the Storm ready Community Hero Award. Those being honored Friday at noon include Tom Hansen and Sue Faith, coordinators of Johnson County Emergency Management, and Rev. Rudolph Juarez and Rev. Jerome Miller of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

By giving this award, the National Weather Service also recognizes the fact that the community is "storm ready," meaning they have alert and warning systems that can help to save lives.

The awards will be presented at St. Patrick's Church in Iowa City.