Governor to Present 18 Lifesaving Awards

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) speaks during a press conference on Thursday, July 18, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa. (KCCI-TV Des Moines)

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is honoring 18 individuals with Governor's Lifesaving Awards at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Branstad is presenting the awards at a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday.

The event at the Susan Knapp Amphitheater is open to the public.

Four types of awards may be given including a lifesaving with valor award, given to someone who risked their own life to save another.

The lifesaving award is for someone who attempted to save the life of another without risking their own. Nathan Waikel from Iowa City was selected for a lifesaving award. The 14-year-old was chosen for the award after he saved a 3-year-old from a creek last December.

The meritorious award recognizes courageous and unselfish service rendered during a time of distress.

The outstanding award is for performing a courageous act in an attempt to save an individual whose life was in danger.

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