DES MOINES — Three Northeast Iowans will be honored March 28 by the Iowa Region of the American Red Cross with 2018 “Heroes of the Heartland” awards.

Heroism awards will go to Jeff Jones of Cedar Falls, Todd Joslin of Dike and Hoss Tompkins of Beaman, all for acts of heroism performed in 2017.

  • Jones is a sergeant in the Motor Vehicle Enforcement division of the Iowa Department of Transportation. He was working at a weigh station near Cedar Rapids when the driver of a truck he had just inspected had a heart attack. Jeff called for an ambulance and grabbed an automated external defibrillator. He and the driver’s wife got him on the floor of the truck’s sleeper. Jeff shocked the driver twice and performed CPR on the man for several minutes until an ambulance arrived. The driver survived after quadruple bypass surgery.
  • Joslin and his wife looked out the window late one night and saw his neighbor’s house was on fire. Joslin told his wife to call 911, then went into the burning home and yelled for everyone to get out. He was able to wake three children along with their mother and get them all outside. No smoke alarms were going off. He likely saved several lives.
  • Tompkins was at work when a co-worker driving a forklift had a heart attack. He couldn’t get the man to the ground so he did chest compressions while he was still on the forklift. More co-workers arrived and helped get the man to the floor. Hoss also used an automated external defibrillator and performed CPR on the man for more than 20 minutes until an ambulance arrived. The man survived and doctors credited Tompkins for saving his life.

The Heroes of the Heartland breakfast will be held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The event is the region’s major fundraiser for the Red Cross.