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Waterloo police officer honored for saving man's life

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A man is alive and well, thanks to the quick thinking of a Waterloo police officer.

Jordan Ehlers has been a police officer for less than 5 years, joining the Waterloo Police Department back in February.

He responded to a car accident on July 16th when Carl Wallsteadt lost control of his car, hitting a concrete barrier in the 700 block of Mullen Avenue. He was really hurt, unconscious and struggling to breathe.

Officer Ehlers got to the scene first. He held Carl's head, opening his airway. It was a move that doctors say saved Carl's life.

Officer Ehlers says, "It's something that I believe anyone on our department would have done."

Carl says, "I am so grateful and happy to be here with my family."

Just four days after the accident, Carl walked into the police department to thank everyone involved. Officers say it was a sight to see.

On Monday, Ehlers was honored with an award from the city. He says it was a day he will always remember.

Carl's recovery will take some time but he is doing well. He says he is regaining some of his hearing and the use of some muscles in his face. He says Officer Ehlers is his hero.

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