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Blue Hill men nominated for heroism in bus crash
U.S. Senator Mike Johanns has nominated two Blue Hill men for the national Citizen Service Before Self Honors award.
During September's tragic school bus accident in rural Webster County, Phil Petr and Ron Meyer bravely entered the burning bus, rescuing five children.
In his announcement Thursday morning, Johanns said if not for Petr and Meyr, the tragedy could have been much worse.
"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."
To be considered for the Citizen Service Before Self 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.
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