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Teen; young woman among honorees at Red Cross Everyday Heroes Awards

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) - Thursday morning, six Eastern Iowans were honored for going above and beyond.

The American Red Cross hosted their Everyday Heroes Awards in Dubuque. Six individuals across Eastern Iowa were recognized for their acts of selflessness.

One honoree included Michael Lockard from Cedar Falls. Lockard was praised for his role in recusing his handicapped brother from a house fire.

Lockard said he and his younger brother were in the living room of their home when they began to smell smoke. The pair escaped and called for help.

However, as the home quickly filled with flames, Lockard went back inside twice to try to rescue his disabled older brother upstairs.

"I was just really shocked and there was a lot of adrenaline going through me," said Lockard. "I was doing everything I could to get to him and help assist to get to him. It was really scary once I realized everything that had happened."

When firefighters arrived, Lockard was able to provide accurate details as to where his brother was located in the home. Rescue crews said his information was vital in saving his brother's life.

All three brothers were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation; but, they have since all fully recovered.

Another honoree included Erin Ludescher from Dubuque. She was recognized for her quick-thinking that ultimately saved a stranger's life.

Ludescher was driving with a friend on Loras Boulevard when they discovered a young man lying in the middle of the road who was bleeding from his abdomen. He was struck by an oncoming car while riding a moped.

The motorcyclist suffered severe lacerations on his abdomen as the result of the collision and was losing blood. Ludescher jumped in and applied pressure to his wounds until paramedics arrived.

Ludescher said she had previously received training for CPR and trauma incidents and recommends others do the same.

"So, I did the best to my knowledge from the trauma training," said Ludescher. "The more you practice, the more muscle memory you have then the better you can react to situations as severe as he was. So, even if you are certified, keep practicing. And if you're not, then go get certified."

Paramedics said her intervention prevented the young man from bleeding to death. He has since fully recovered from his injuries and was able to thank Ludescher in person.

Other honorees include Katie Gudenkauf from Dubuque, Al and JoAnn Roberts from Peosta, and Larry Hoefer, additionally from Peosta.

Ashley Scott

Reporter, Dubuque

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