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Heroes of Valor

Heroes of Valor are transportation workers, past and present, who have placed their life at risk - either willingly or unknowingly - while on the job, or citizens who have contributed selfless acts within the field of transportation.

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Aviation experts still haven’t been able to explain how Hayne and Fitch were able to land a jet with no hydraulic pressure. But thanks to their heroics most of the passengers onboard flight 232 survived what should have been an un-survivable crash.

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As a young girl growing up in Beaconsfield Iowa, Dr. Peggy Whitson reached for the stars. As an adult, she visited them as commander of the International Space Station.

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Working for the Iowa Department of Transportation, Doug Heidke helped plow roads and keep up the highways across the state.

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Aviation experts still haven’t been able to explain how Hayne and Fitch were able to land a jet with no hydraulic pressure. But thanks to their heroics most of the passengers onboard flight 232 survived what should have been an un-survivable crash.

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One minute Daryl Putz was just an ordinary Iowan on his way to finish up some last minutes Christmas shopping. In the next, he was a Hero, having saved the life of a trucker trapped in the burning wreckage of an 18-wheeler.

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Capain Phillipsheroic action brought to center stage the major problem of piracy on the seas near Somalia and the need for countries to provide protection for the shipping industry. Phillips offered himself as a hostage in lieu ofhis crew. 

Captain Phillips spoke to officials of the Maersk Line, who quoted him as saying: “The real heroes are the Navy, the Seals, those who have brought me home.”

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LeRoy Wright saved the life of a fellow driver on May 18, 1988. In doing so he lost his own on a highway in California. 

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Four teenagers of Knoxville Community School were on a normal school bus ride on January 30, 2012 that turned into a life-saving role in a matter of minutes. 

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John Carteris a disaster preparedness consultant and a Reserve Officer for the Des Moines Police Department. 
On August 28, 2011 Carter was one of six officers who fought flames, glass and twisted metal to pull three young people from a burning SUV. 
A three-minute video from a patrol cars dashboard camera shows officers risking their lives as they responded to the crash, which threw the SUV onto its side at t More

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Paula Pitman, our final hero recognition of the day is someone you may know or have learned of as her unselfish actions represent her remarkable character. Her story is taken from a media story which can be found on the Grinnell Mutual website.

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