Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Omaha Man Will Receive 2012 Heroes' Award

By NU Athletic Communications

An Omaha man and a couple from Clinton, Iowa, will represent their respective states as “citizen heroes” when Nebraska visits Iowa Friday in the second annual Heroes Game presented by Hy-Vee.   

The Heroes Game uses the Big Ten's national stage to honor heroic efforts in America’s heartland. Fans nominated Nebraskans and Iowans who have performed extraordinary acts of heroism and service in their communities. American Red Cross staff and volunteers selected Jason Parks of Omaha and Lois and Bill Hall of Clinton to be recognized during a halftime ceremony on the field at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.

Parks was driving to work one morning when he witnessed a collision between two semitrailer trucks. He rushed to the scene of the accident and, with no regard for his own safety, pulled one of the drivers from the flaming wreckage only moments before the truck exploded.

The Halls and the K-9 dogs they raise and train provide more than 1,500 hours of service to their community each year, assisting with emergency search and rescue missions and offering therapy visits to local schools and hospitals.

Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne and Iowa AD Gary Barta will make a special presentation to the honorees, whose names will be inscribed on the Heroes Game trophy. Parks, the Halls, and members of their families will be guests of the Cornhuskers and the Hawkeyes at the game and will participate in a variety of special pre-game activities. For more information, please visit or


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