By Nikki Newbrough, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
CEDAR FALLS (KWWL)-- The applause and trophy that now bears Randy Gray's name is a bit overwhelming for him.
"I'm just me. I believe things happen for a reason and there was a reason for it. I'm so glad he is here," said Gray.
Although Gray may not think he is a hero, Rick Gerstenkorn sure thinks differently.
"He really stepped up and beyond the call of duty and he did what he did. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't be here today," said Gerstenkorn.
On October 15th Gerstenkorn was heading north on Highway 218 when he was broad sided by a driver who ran a stop sign.
It was because Gray had stopped that saved Gerstenkorn's life. Gray called 911 and stayed with Gerstenkorn until emergency crews arrived.
"I just begged him to live and he lived."
This accident hit too close to home for Gray as just six month before and a few miles away he lost a dear friend in a motorcycle accident.
"We told him he had a guardian angle named Jade, so if anything ever happens we said talk to Jade."
Thanks to Gray's heroism Gerstenkorn got to see his daughter again and can now get married to his fiance.
Other Heroes Among Us for 2011 include:
Black Hawk Wildlife Rehab Group: animal category. Dale Emmert: medical healthcare category. Jay Tommasin: public safety category. Joni Hansen: community service category. Rick Reuter: military category. Rod Foster: workplace category. Kyle Coonradt: good samaritan youth category.
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