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Jackson Co. supervisor among 2014 Heroes Among Us

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - The Jackson County supervisor who tackled a gunman trying to kill his coworker was among those honored during Thursday's Heroes Among Us breakfast in Cedar Falls.

Larry "Buck" Koos of La Motte was honored along with 15 others in the 10th-annual event put on by Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. Proceeds help pay for the emergency departments at Covenant and Sartori hospitals in Waterloo and Cedar Falls.

Koos received the 2014 Work Place Heroes Among Us award for his role tackling a gunman who tried shooting someone during a Jackson County Board of Supervisors meeting.

In a videotaped interview, Koos described formulating the plan in his head just seconds after a gun was shown.

"Time slowed down for me," he recalled. "I'm not sure if it was divine intervention. It all happened in a split second."

Read the full story here: http://www.kwwl.com/story/26501064/police-jackson-co-shooter-wanted-to-commit-suicide

Others honored in the 2014 Heroes Among Us ceremony were:

- Candy Nardini of Waterloo, Community Service Hero, for her work with Hope Lodge and the American Cancer Society;

- Kelly Day and Animal Welfare Foundation of Iowa in Marion, Environmental Hero, for rescuing eight abandoned dogs from a foreclosed farmhouse;

- Scott Cherne of Guttenberg and Jeff Lincoln of Greeley, Good Samaritan Adult Heroes, for rescuing a woman trapped in her truck that was submerged in freezing water; - read that story here: http://www.kwwl.com/story/27807540/2-men-honored-for-saving-elkader-womans-life

- Caly Cizek, Dylan Glawe, Katelyn Ryan and Kurtis Stabenow of Waterloo, Good Samaritan Youth Heroes, for rescuing Cizek's brother as he was being sucked into a flooded drain pipe; - read that story here: http://www.kwwl.com/story/25833586/2014/06/20/sister-saves-8-year-old-brother-from-getting-sucked-into-flooded-culvert

- Ann Schott of La Porte City, Medical/Health Care Hero, for using CPR to save a friend's life in a Covenant Medical Center waiting room;

- Waterloo West High Air Force ROTC Cadets, Military Heroes, for community service to active-duty troops and veterans;

- Sgt. Melissa Ludwig with the Waterloo Police Department, Public Safety Hero, for helping an out-of-town woman experiencing diabetic episodes to find food, medical care and shelter. Read that story here: http://www.kwwl.com/story/27700032/officer-helps-woman-in-need
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