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Emmetsburg Native To Be Honored At Heroes Game

By Staff | Nov 24, 2017


A former Emmetsburg resident will ber one of two people to be honored Friday at the Iowa-Nebraska Football Game. The American Red Cross has designated Jerry Goeders, who now resides in Dayton, as one of the “Citizen Heroes” to be honored in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

Jerry Goeders, the son of Dennis and Gale Goeders of Ames and formerly of Emmetsburg, was on the last day of a family vacation at Lake Rathbun near Moravia last Summer.

According to the Iowa Chapter of the American Red Cross, Goeders heard a couple screaming for help. An eight-year old girl was struggling to stay above water far from the shore. The 40-year-old jumped into the lake and swam to reach the girl to help her back to shore.

“Without Goeders’ selfless, quick action and strength during the tiring swim across the lake, the outcome could have turned tragic for the child,” the Red Cross news release stated.

Each year, the American Red Cross selects a “Citizen Hero” from the state of Iowa and one from the state of Nebraska to honor during the game. Geoffrey Bennett will be recognized as Nebraska’s 2017 Citizen Hero.

“These two men and their quick actions very likely saved the lives of complete strangers, which is why these Hy-Vee Heroes Game honorees are so deserving to be recognized as heroes,” said Leslie Schaffer, regional executive for the American Red Cross.