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December 20, 2012

Johanns Nominates Blue Hill Heroes for Service Award

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today announced his nomination of Phil Petr and Ron Meyer of Blue Hill for the national Citizen Service Before Self Honors award. During September’s tragic school bus accident in rural Webster County, Petr and Meyer bravely entered the burning bus, rescuing five children.

“As we continue to mourn for those we lost, we also remember that if not for Ron and Phil, the tragedy would have been much worse,” Johanns said. “Though certainly not the only ones who acted bravely – first responders also provided lifesaving assistance - special recognition is owed to average citizens who happen upon horrific scenes and do heroic things. It’s an honor to call them fellow Nebraskans, and a privilege to nominate them for this award.”

Each year, the Citizen Service Before Self award honors three Americans for their extraordinary acts of bravery and heroism. To be considered for the award, nominees must have made a difference in the lives of others through a singular extraordinary act of heroism or continued commitment to putting others first. The three finalists will be awarded on March 25, 2013, in conjunction with National Medal of Honor day.

Shortly after the accident, Johanns honored Ron and Phil for their bravery on the Senate floor. Video is available HERE. A transcript is available HERE

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