LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A nurse practitioner from Iowa and a Nebraska farmer who died trying to rescue motorists will be honored Friday at the Heroes Game in Lincoln between the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Hawkeyes of the University of Iowa.
Katie Gudenkauf graduated from Clarke University in Dubuque in 2018 and last March was attending an indoor soccer tournament when one of the players collapsed. Officials say Gudenkauf and others performed first aid on the player, saving his life. She now practices at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster, Wisconsin.
The Nebraska hero to be honored is James Wilke. The 50-year-old Columbus farmer was killed March 14, during the historic flooding. He was crossing a bridge with his tractor, trying to reach stranded motorists, when the bridge collapsed. He was swept away, and his body was found downstream.
Gudenkauf and Wilke will be recognized at a halftime ceremony, and their names will be inscribed on the Heroes Trophy.