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Spirit of the Springs Award to be presented by Mayor Bach
Monday, April 28, 2014


Colorado Springs, CO – Mayor Steve Bach will present the Spirit of the Springs Award to Air Force Academy Cadet 3rd Class Madeleine tomorrow, Tuesday, April 29 at 11:50 a.m. at the Air Force Academy.

Madeleine Girardot, a sophomore fencer at USAFA, performed the lifesaving Heimlich maneuver on a young fencer, Helen Landwehr while both fencers were competing at the North American Cup in Virginia Beach on January 18. The USAFA fencing team went to a Japanese restaurant after the day’s tournament and were ironically seated next to some fencers from Colorado Springs. Madeleine was sitting three seats from Helen when she saw Helen choking and performed the Heimlich maneuver by clearing her airway. Helen attends Air Academy High School.

Please note. All media please RSVP John Van Winkle, Air Force Academy prior to the event. His direct number is 719-333-7593 or 719-330-5914.