A teenager from the Omaha area will be recognized as a hero during Friday’s Nebraska-Iowa football game in Lincoln.
Back in mid-June, 18-year-old Kassee Jones, of Bennington, was working as a lifeguard at Camp Legacy in Omaha when she spotted a six-year-old boy not moving at the bottom of the shallow end of the pool.
Liz Dorland, spokeswoman for the Red Cross, says Jones reacted right away.
“She quickly put her Red Cross lifesaving skills that she learned to use, pulled him out of the water and gave him resuscitation,” Dorland said. “The child was breathing again when paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital.” The boy was rushed to the nearest medical center.
“Paramedics took him to Childrens Hospital here in Omaha where he made a full recovery,” Dorland says. “He’s doing well today.”
During the halftime ceremony, two heroes from Iowa will also be honored. Iowa State Trooper Tracy Bohlen and nurse Jane McCurdy helped save the life of a motorist who had a seizure while driving his truck on Interstate 35 near Des Moines in April.
Doland says, “They’ll be recognized on the field during halftime and they’ll be receiving an award from the University of Nebraska, the University of Iowa, Hy-Vee and the American Red Cross for their life-saving efforts that they did.”
Fans of both schools were invited to nominate residents of Iowa and Nebraska who performed extraordinary acts of heroism and service in their communities for the “citizen hero” award. Staff and volunteers from the Red Cross selected the winners.
Kickoff for Friday’s “Heroes” game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.