A Manchester man was honored at the Governor’s Lifesaving Awards & Outstanding Service Awards on Tuesday.
Governor Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg and Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens honored heroic citizens and First Responders at the 2019 Sullivan Brothers’ Award of Valor and Governor’s Lifesaving Awards ceremony held in the Iowa Capitol Rotunda. A total of 20 individuals from communities across the state were recognized for their courageous responses.
Luke Preussner was honored for his quick action on February 24th. As a blizzard howled across Delaware County a motorist became stuck in drifted snow in front of Preussner’s home. The man was behind his vehicle attempting to free it when another vehicle struck him, pinning the man between the two vehicles. Preussner heard the crash and went outside to investigate. He saw a gentleman laying on the ground with traumatic injuries to the lower half of his body. Preussner worked quickly to fashion his own belt into a tourniquet to prevent additional blood-loss. After medical personnel arrived, they transported the man to a Regional Medical Center
This was the first year the two awards programs were combined.