(Extensions of Remarks - April 25, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E556]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                      A TRIBUTE TO DOUG ARMSTRONG


                            HON. TOM LATHAM

                                of iowa

                    in the house of representatives

                        Thursday, April 25, 2013

  Mr. LATHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate and recognize 
Doug Armstrong for being named a 2013 Hero of the Heartland by the 
American Red Cross serving Greater Iowa.
   Each year, the American Red Cross serving Greater Iowa recognizes 
Heroes of the Heartland by selecting everyday Iowans who have done 
extraordinary things to help their neighbors and communities. The 
Iowans honored with this prestigious award displayed selflessness in a 
variety of courageous, charitable and thoughtful acts. The Heroes of 
the Heartland program not only showcases the heroes among us, but also 
helps raise crucial funds to ensure that the American Red Cross is 
prepared and equipped to assist those that need food, shelter, and 
comfort during emergencies and difficult times.
   As a Senior Fire Medic for the Des Moines Fire Department, Doug 
Armstrong is dedicated to the welfare of his community on a daily 
basis. In April of last year, while enjoying an off-duty dinner, Mr. 
Armstrong noticed an elderly man choking on a piece of meat. Upon 
seeing the man in distress, Doug wasted no time successfully performing 
the Heimlich maneuver to avert the life-threatening situation. Even 
while off-duty, his quick thinking and professional response left an 
entire community grateful for his actions. Whether on or off the job, 
Doug is an example that our state can be proud of.
   Mr. Speaker, Mr. Armstrong's actions that earned him the title a 
``Hero of the Heartland'' are a testament to the humble, hardworking 
and helpful people who make up the great state of Iowa. I invite my 
colleagues in the House to join me in congratulating Doug on a job well 
done, thanking the American Red Cross serving Greater Iowa for their 
life changing efforts, and wishing all of those involved in the Heroes 
of the Heartland program continued success for years to come.