Rockford area man given prestigious award for saving lives

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — A year after rescuing a mother and son, a Rockford area man is being recognized for his heroic actions.

“Timing is everything in life and the timing there was just perfect,” Matt Howes, man who received Robert P. Connelly Medal of Heroism says. “I was in the right place at the right time. Everything just sort of fell together perfectly.”

Kiwanis International presented that award to him Thursday morning.

Last year, Howes saw a car lose control on the Spring Creek Road bridge over Interstate 90 crash through the guard rail and roll down the embankment of the bridge before catching on fire. Howes pulled the the driver, Amy Kliven out of the vehicle before going back to pull her son, Justin, to safety.

The Alpine Kiwanis Club recognized what Howes did and nominated him for the award.

“Matt was there at the right time,” Kliven says. “He was referred to as my Earth angel. Just having someone run across the street, run down and be there immediately for him to pull my son out. We did not know the vehicle was on fire when we were inside of it.”

The Alpine Kiwanis Club says the medal is given to those who have risked their life to help others when they could have passed by.

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