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Governor honors Davis with 2009 lifesaving award

Pictured with Linda Davis, center, are, from left, 2008 Iowa State Fair Queen Ashley Quade, Gov. Chet J. Culver, Commissioner Eugene T. Meyer of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Col. Patrick J. Hoye of the Iowa State Patrol.

Iowa Governor Chet Culver honored a local citizen last week with a 2009 Governor’s Lifesaving Award.

Linda Davis, who lives near Tama, was honored at the Iowa State Fair on Friday, Aug. 14.

“The Governor’s Lifesaving Awards recognize Iowans who have gone above and beyond in saving the life or lives of their fellow Iowans,” Culver said. “These Iowans embody our spirit of service, and I am proud to recognize their heroic efforts.”

Davis was honored for assisting an injured man immediately following an automobile crash involving two cars—the injured man and hers. According to information presented during the ceremony at the Budweiser Stage in the fairgrounds, Davis was traveling west on 310th Avenue when Floyd Campbell failed to obey a stop sign and their vehicles collided.

“Linda, who was trapped in her vehicle after a secondary collision with a utility pole, exited through the rear window. While suffering from her own injuries, she climbed down a steep ravine to assist Mr. Campbell.”

Campbell, the report says, had been ejected from his vehicle, landing face-down and unconscious in more than a foot of water. Davis “was unable to move him, but [she] held his head above water until emergency responders could arrive.”

Davis was later transported to the hospital for treatment of her own injuries.

At their Aug. 2008 meeting, the Poweshiek County supervisors presented Davis with a life-saving certificate thanking her for her actions.

Eric Bottorff, Newton, was also honored with a lifesaving award for assisting Ryan Grimm who had lost control of his vehicle on Highway 21.

The vehicle soon caught fire and Bottorff obtained a fire extinguisher from a passing motorist and attempted to put the fire out.

“While fighting the blaze, [Bottorff] noticed Grimm stuck in the vehicle screaming for help.” Bottorff knocked the windshield out, extinguished the flames at the feet of the victim, and then pulled him from the burning vehicle.


UPDATED August 18, 2009 1:52 PM

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