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F.V. Heinkel Award honors James Pennell for saving toddler's life


James Pennell of Kingdom City, Mo., has received a Shelter Insurance® Foundation's 2010 Fred V. Heinkel Award for Excellence in recognition of his quick action to save the life of a child.

James received Shelter's Heinkel Award, along with $2,000, on Monday, July 12, 2010, at the Shelter Insurance Companies Home Office in Columbia, Mo.

James is responsible for saving a two-year-old child by throwing himself in front of a van and pushing the child out of harm's way on a Fulton, Mo., street on July 17, 2009. As a result of his heroic act, James sustained severe injuries and underwent multiple surgeries on his knee and right shoulder. He has recovered enough to return to work as a parts coordinator with True Manufacturing Co.

James grew up in Kingdom City, Mo. He is a graduate of North Callaway High School. He is a 2000 graduate of Central Missouri State University, where he earned a degree in business management and human resources. Pennell has received a Missouri House of Representatives proclamation praising him for his act of heroism.

The F. V. Heinkel Award honors Shelter Insurance Companies' founder and first chairman. The award recognizes individuals or organizations that have demonstrated excellence in any area of science, medical research, health services, education, history, agriculture, athletics or any other field designated by the Shelter Insurance® Foundation board of directors. The Shelter Insurance® Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation for charitable, educational and scientific purposes.

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