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Love, service, bravery cited in honoring heroes

Nine members of the Church were honored recently for heroism by the Utah Chapter of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

Steven Blake, honored posthumously, and Dave Conley, were recognized for their bravery in rescuing two workers who had been installing a metal sign when their truck hit a power line in downtown Provo, Utah. Blake saw the injured men and started to pull them to safety, but was knocked unconscious. Conley, of the Cottonwood 14th Ward in Holladay, Utah, pulled the two workers further from danger and then tried to help Blake. Conley was knocked to the ground by the electrical current. Blake died from injuries sustained during the rescue.- Kerry and Patti Chlarson, members of the Alta View 4th Ward in Sandy, Utah, were called heroes in love. Chlarson, a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, was seriously disfigured in an 1986 automobile accident, in which his body was doused with gasoline that instantly ignited. Doctors did not expect him to live. But the love of his wife and his own will to survive pulled him through.

Lowell L. Bennion, a member of the East Millcreek 12th Ward in Salt Lake City, was honored for his community service. Bennion was noted for his Teton Valley Boys Ranch in Idaho, where he has helped mold the character of 1,800 young men. Bennion was founder of the Church's University of Utah Institute of Religion and is a former associate dean of students at the university.

G. Alan Jacobsen, a member of the Ensign 6th Ward in Salt Lake City, was honored for his duty to country. The former FBI agent was stabbed by kidnappers in December 1987, during the rescue of a kidnap victim.

Suzanne and David Stott, members of the Park Cambodian Branch in the Salt Lake Park Stake, were honored for their work with Cambodian refugees and in adopting special-needs children. The Stotts have been working with the refugees for years. In addition, the couple has adopted seven minority or special-needs children. They helped in founding an adoption program for a Salt Lake television station and have helped coordinate adoptions.

Shane Wall, a member of the Santaquin (Utah) 2nd Ward, was honored for his rescue of three children. Wall, 23, followed a premonition last June and found himself at Utah Lake in time to rescue three children who were in danger of drowning. Wall, an avid fisherman, can't swim.

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