Four Marshalltown kids recognized for saving their dad's life

Published: Aug. 8, 2017 at 5:36 PM CDT
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Four eastern Iowa children got a pretty big surprise for saving their father's life. Back in May, Matt Gannaway was tearing down a shed at his mother's house when it fell on him. His kids Addison, Peyton, Kaidan, and Ethan, who range in age from 6 to 13, jumped into action, calling for help.

The kids then raised the shed off Gannaway enough to pull their dad out from underneath. They were honored with a certificate of recognition from the Marshalltown fire chief at the Marshalltown Rotary Club meeting Tuesday.

The kids were told they were going to the Elmwood Country Club to watch golf, and have lunch with their grandma. Addison says, "I felt like a hero, and I was just surprised. Just really, really surprised."

Rotary Club member Tami Lichtenberg nominated them for the special award. She says, "I was an EMT for six years. A lot of adults can't keep calm and make the right decisions and do the kinds of life saving these kids did."

Matt is still going through rehab from the accident. His shoulder blade is not in good shape. But he knows the accident could have been worse if his children weren’t there.

He says, "I just let them know daily how much they mean to me. And how precious life is. And they truly are my heroes"

The oldest Ethan calls his dad their protector, and rescuing him was an honor to repay back all of the years his dad his took care of them.

He says he learned a valuable lesson when while rescuing his dad. He says, “You can do anything if you put your mind to it. Nothing is impossible.”