To get James Wilke a Presidential Citizens Medal

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Chris Smith and I have been working together on this. He is the one who brought this to light, and I helped with the starting and maintaining the petition. 

From KETV.

“The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency confirms there has been one fatality in the floods in Platte County. The mayor of Columbus said the person was a farmer who was out on a tractor trying to rescue someone else when he was swept away by the floodwaters. A longtime family friend tells 10/11 NOW the farmer who died is James Wilke of rural Columbus.

In a Facebook post, family friend Jodi Hefti said, "James got on his tractor like he has 100’s if not 1,000’s of times before and he headed down the road. This time would end differently though, he would never return home. With the guidance of emergency responders James drove his tractor over the Shell Creek bridge on the Monestary Road and the bridge gave out. James and the tractor went down into the flood water below. James’ body was recovered later in the afternoon along the creek bed close to their home. Those who know James know it was his way of telling his wife, family and friends goodbye and that he is “home”.
I for one am a better person because I knew James ." 

The Presidential Citizens Award is the second-highest civilian award in the United States. A recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal is someone "who has performed exemplary deeds or services for his or her country or fellow citizens." Only United States citizens are eligible for the medal, which may be awarded posthumously.

To me that is James Wilke. That is him. He deserves this. 


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