Know a local hero?
DPS now accepting nominations for Governor's Lifesaving Awards
The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is now accepting nominations for the Governor's Lifesaving Awards. These special recognition awards are granted to ordinary citizens who took extraordinary measures to save the life of someone else.
Anyone who knows a local hero whose actions deserve recognition from the state's top law enforcement officials and the governor, should send in the nomination now. The nomination form and instructions can be found on the Iowa Department of Public Safety's website.
In order to qualify for one of the four categories of awards, several criteria must be met:
• The incident must have occurred within the state of Iowa.
• The incident must have occurred between Jan. 1, 2017 and April 1, 2018. All nominations must be received by April 15. However, incidents not occurring within this time period may be eligible for an Outstanding Service Award.
• The nominee should not be professionally trained in lifesaving techniques. Examples of those excluded from nomination include firefighters, law enforcement officers, doctors, nurses, lifeguards, water safety directors or first aid instructors (unless they are retired from such positions).
• An individual is not eligible if the life saved is that of his/her immediate family, as well as parents, grandparents or children. The nominee may be eligible for the Outstanding Service Award however.
The Governor's Lifesaving Awards are presented each year at the Iowa State Fair. Award recipients are honored and thanked by Iowa's governor, lieutenant governor and leadership of the Department of Public Safety and its Iowa State Patrol Division.