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Every day in this country, ordinary Americans become extraordinary. It can happen in a single instance of bravery - or through service to others. These acts of courage and self-sacrifice symbolize the American spirit; and are recognized every year on National Medal of Honor Day by our nation's greatest heroes.

Each year a nationwide search is organized by The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, which selects four United States citizens and one organization to receive the Citizen Honors awards. The honorees receive this award from a group of Americans whose actions have defined the words courage and selfless service — the living members of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. These brave Americans have received the Medal of Honor for their acts of valor performed during wartime.

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Nominations are now open for the 2018 Citizen Honors Awards.

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Brunk Adam

Adam Brunk

Single Act of Heroism

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Adam Brunk

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Single Act of Heroism

Year

2017

State

Holts Summit, Missouri

Adam Brunk and Jacob Ellis of Columbia, Missouri of Holts Summit, Missouri, were selected for their courageous act on August 21, 2016, when they rescued two people injured in a traffic accident. Ellis and Brunk freed the accident victims just before their car was engulfed in fire.

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Fisher House

Community Service Hero Award

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Fisher House

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Community Service Hero Award

Year

2017

State

Rockville, Maryland

Fisher House Foundation of Rockville, Maryland, was selected for its steadfast support of American service members and their families. Fisher House is best known for their extensive network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one receives critical medical treatment. Fisher Houses are located on 24 military installations and 29 VA medical centers around the world. Since its inception in 1990, Fisher House has supported more than 307,000 families.

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Jacob Ellis

Single Act of Heroism

Ellis Jacob

Jacob Ellis

category

Single Act of Heroism

Year

2017

State

Columbia, Missouri

Jacob Ellis of Columbia, Missouri and Adam Brunk of Holts Summit, Missouri, were selected for their courageous act on August 21, 2016, when they rescued two people injured in a traffic accident. Ellis and Brunk freed the accident victims just before their car was engulfed in fire.

Ibarra Katelyn

Katelyn Ibarra

Young Hero Award

Ibarra Katelyn

Katelyn Ibarra

category

Young Hero Award

Year

2017

State

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Katelyn Ibarra of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, was selected for her heroism in assisting several citizens injured in a traffic accident. Before emergency medical professionals arrived, Ibarra provided critical first-aid assistance and removed injured passengers from the immediate accident scene. Ibarra was trained in first aid through the Girl Scouts of Colorado.

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Molly Hudgens

Single Act of Heroism

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Molly Hudgens

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Single Act of Heroism

Year

2017

State

Ashland City, Tennessee

Molly Hudgens of Ashland City, Tennessee, was selected for her courageous act on September 29, 2016, when she prevented a 14-year old middle school student from shooting teachers and administrators at Sycamore Middle School. Hudgens spoke with the student for 45 minutes until he agreed to surrender. No shots were fired during the incident.

Ellis Travis

Travis Ellis

Service Act

Ellis Travis

Travis Ellis

category

Service Act

Year

2017

State

Senoia, Georgia

Travis Ellis of Senoia, Georgia, was selected for his selfless service in support of veterans through his work with Shepherd’s Men, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and funds to support post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries among service members. Ellis’ efforts support the patients at the SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center, a PTS and TBI rehab program.

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Chris Mintz

Single Act of Heroism

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Chris Mintz

category

Single Act of Heroism

Year

2016

State

Roseburg, Oregon

Chris Mintz of Roseburg, Ore., was selected for his courageous act on October 1, 2015 when he confronted a shooter on the campus of Umpqua Community College, preventing further loss of life. Mintz, an army veteran, was shot 7 times and continues to recover from his wounds.

Eileen Hadbavny

Service Act

Eileen Hadbavny

category

Service Act

Year

2016

State

Charleston, South Carolina

Lt Col Eileen Hadbavny, USAF (Ret) of Charleston, S.C., was selected for her lifetime of selfless service in support of veterans through her volunteer work with the Red Cross, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Hadbavny served as an Air Force Reserve flight nurse for 28 years.

James Vernon

Single Act of Heroism

James Vernon

category

Single Act of Heroism

Year

2016

State

Morton, Illinois

James Vernon of Morton, Ill., was selected for his courageous act on October 13, 2015 when he subdued a would-be attacker who threatened to kill 20 middle school students and their parents participating in an after-school chess club meeting at the public library. While all of the children were unharmed, Vernon was injured in the attack.

2017 Citizen Honors Finalists

Single Acts of Heroism

Service Acts

Young Hero Award

Community Service Hero Award

Joe Bidawid

Royal Oak, MI

Joe Paneitz

Humble, TX

Marcus Johnson

Triangle, VA

George Skypeck

Accokeek, MD

John Feal

Nesconset, NY

Josh Wandell

Elizabethton, TN

Margaret Matthews

Groton, MA

Patricia Baisden

Forest Park, GA

Bethany Kuster

Pen Argyl, PA

Greta Arndt

North Aurora, IL

Trevan West

Fredericktown, MO

Headstrong Project

Holmes, PA

Healing Household 6

Richland, NC

Tragedy Assistance Program for Surv

Arlington, VA