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Dorothy Benson, second right, grasps the "Saved By the Belt" award she received Monday for wearing her seatbelt in a June 16 crash at a Willmar intersection. Three others travelling with Benson were also honored. All four likely would have been seriously injured in the crash if they hadn't been buckled in, local law enforcement said. Also pictured is Marilee Dorn, crime prevention and community policing coordinator for the Willmar Police Department. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Local citizens honored during ceremony for doing the right thing

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When the woman rushed frantically down her driveway, crying that her husband was pinned beneath his car, Keith Friesen didn't have to think twice. He gave his cell phone to his wife and told her to call 911. Then he ran across the street to where the man was trapped under a vehicle that had fallen off a jack. Friesen lifted the front end of the car long enough for the man to crawl out.

"I just responded," he recalled Monday.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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