2010 Citizen Service Before Self Honors Presented
WASHINGTON, March 22, 2010 – The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation today announced the Citizen Service Above Self Honors recipients for 2010. After a nationwide search and selection process, three Americans have been selected for their selflessness and indomitable courage. The three unsung heroes are:
Dylan Nelson of Madison, South Dakota who sacrificed his own life while saving two others in Lake Madison on Aug. 8, 2009;
Jeffrey Michael Ross of Roseville, California who rescued a semiconscious woman from her sinking vehicle in the Folsom South Canal on July 12, 2009; and,
Dr. Jordy Cox of Phoenix, Arizona who has selflessly volunteered and offered his medical skills to perform surgeries that have saved many lives in Haiti, the Congo, and the Ivory Coast.
Complete profiles for each of the three recipients are listed on the Citizen Service Above Self Honors Web site, http://citizenservicebeforeselfhonors.org
A panel, including Medal of Honor recipient representation, considered all nominations and selected 20 national finalists. From among the finalists, a second panel of Medal of Honor recipients selected three individuals to receive Citizen Service Above Self Honors. The recipients were selected because their actions epitomize the concept of “service above self” and have been performed “above and beyond” their professional area of responsibility or conduct.
Citizen Service Above Self Honors are unique, because they are presented to unsung heroes by our nation’s most honored heroes—fewer than 100 living Medal of Honor recipients who comprise the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
The recipients will be honored at a ceremony on Thursday, March 25, 2010, at 2:15 p.m. EDT, in conjunction with National Medal of Honor Day. The ceremony will be held in the shadow of the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C. and will be emceed by Martha Raddatz, Chief White House Correspondent, ABC News.