Heroes named for Friday’s Nebraska-Iowa game

November 23, 2016 GMT

LINCOLN -- Three Omaha men will be honored at Friday’s Heroes Game for risking their lives to save three people who were involved in a neighborhood crash.

Brett Bailes, Chris Holbeck and Dennis Wilson will be recognized as Nebraska’s citizen heroes during halftime of the Hy-Vee Heroes Game when Nebraska faces Iowa at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.

In February, Bailes heard a loud explosion outside of his Omaha home and discovered a two-vehicle collision in his neighborhood.

When Bailes reached one of the vehicles, he found a female passenger had escaped but was on fire. Bailes pulled her to the ground and used his coat to put out the flames. Wilson and Holbeck, his neighbors, worked with Bailes to get the driver and another passenger out of the vehicle just before it was engulfed in flames.

Bailes, Holbeck and Wilson will be joined on the field by Cedar Rapids residents Ken Blazek and Brock Staley, who will be recognized as Iowa’s citizen heroes. Their names will also be inscribed on the Hy-Vee Heroes Game trophy.

Prior to kickoff, Randy Edeker, chairman, CEO and president of Hy-Vee Inc., will present a $100,000 check to the American Red Cross to support work in Iowa and Nebraska.

Each season, fans of both schools are invited to nominate residents of Nebraska and Iowa who performed extraordinary acts of heroism and service in their communities.

Staff and volunteers from the American Red Cross selected the winners.