Past Honored Heroes

Cody HaleyHonored in 2021

LCpl Cody Haley served his country as a United States Marine in Weapons Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines of Camp Pendleton, California. He joined the Marine Corp when he was a senior in high school. He was deployed in the fall of 2016 and returned in May of 2017. He died in a training accident at Camp Pendleton, California on Friday, August 4, 2017. During this deployment, LCpl Cody Haley participated in a training where he received the nickname, “Fastest Gun in the West.” Thank you for your sacrifice LCpl Cody Haley. God bless you and may you rest in peace.

Steve WernerHonored in 2021

Steve Werner, 34, of Dubuque, IA, passed away Friday, April 27, 2018 in Dubuque, in a vehicle accident. Steve was born June 22, 1983 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Steve joined the Army on July 17, 2007 as a proud 19D Cavalry scout, serving almost 8 years and deploying with the 6th Squadron 8th Cavalry Regiment of 4th Brigade Combat Team 3rd Infantry Division 3 times. Steve was an invaluable asset and everyone's best friend, his indomitable spirit and ability to make anyone laugh carried his team through more times than can be counted. Steve's awards include the Combat Action Badge, 3 Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, 2 Meritorious Unit Citations, 2 Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and the Drivers Mechanics Badge. "Until Valhalla brother, we will see you on the Fiddlers Green." Steve was honorably discharged in 2015.  He then earned his EMT certification, and began working at Paramount Ambulance in August of 2017, a job he loved. Shortly after, he joined the Peosta-Centralia Fire Department as a volunteer. Steven was in an ambulance on the way home from transporting a patient to Chicago when it struck a semi-trailer.  Steven was pronounced dead at the scene.  He is survived by his wife, Krysta; his children, Kaden, Rilan, Nolan and Gracen; and his parents, Dan and Lugene Werner, of Cottage Grove, MN. Steven will forever be remembered as a true hero who answered his final call doing what he loved to do.  

Eric HosetteHonored in 2020

Lt. Eric Hosette 33, of Charlotte, made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at a grain bin explosion. Eric was a 2003 graduate of Camanche High School. He later attended the Trinity School of Nursing for his paramedic certification. Most recently attended Waldorf College to attain his AA in Fire Science. Eric’s lifelong dream was to be a firefighter and started as a volunteer with the Camanche Fire Department from 2003-2012. He joined the Clinton Fire Department in September of 2006 and was promoted to Lieutenant in August of 2017. Eric was also a member of the Charlotte Fire Department starting in 2012, where he was promoted to Chief. Lt. Hosette will forever be remembered as a true hero who answered his final call doing what he loved to do and knew that his fellow firefighters would be ready to “take it from here.” Thank you for your Sacrifice Lt. Eric Hosette. God bless you and may you rest in peace.

Sgt. Nathan Robert FieldHonored in 2019

Sgt. Field was a member of the 415th Military Police Company out of Pocahontas, Iowa, and was serving on deployment with the 414th Military Police Company out of Joplin, Missouri, at the time of his death. Nathan was killed on January 7, 2006, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Nathan's family remembers him as a hero with a kind and great heart and as someone who had a passion for life. He is missed every day. Thank you for your sacrifice Sgt. Nathan Field. God bless you and may you rest in peace.

Sgt. Anthony “Tony” BeminioHonored in 2019

Sgt. Beminio served on the Des Moines Police Department. He lost his life in an ambush style shooting. His killer has been sentenced with life in prison without parole. Tony was a dedicated husband and father to three - Cameron, Haley, and Max Beminio. He loved attending his kids' events, riding his Harley Davidson, and deer hunting when he was able. Thank you for your sacrifice Sgt. Anthony "Tony" Beminio. God bless you and may you rest in peace.

Justin S. MartinHonored in 2019

Officer Justin Martin was a Police Officer for the Urbandale Police Department. He was killed in the same ambush style shooting as Sgt. Beminio. He believed that if officers of the law did their job correctly, every day, either on or off duty, they could make a difference in the community they serve. He was so proud to be part of such a great profession. Thank you for your sacrifice Justin S. Martin. God bless you and may you rest in peace.

Shelly “Shell” Lair-LangenbauHonored in 2019

Shell was a flight nurse for Mercy Air Med. On January 2, 2013, she boarded a Mercy Air Med helicopter responding to a call: this was her final mission. Mercy Air Med N445MT went down near Ventura, IA; there were no survivors in the crash. Her passion was to help people. When she was not working, she was focused on her family - daughters Liberty and McKenna and husband Jay. Thank you for your sacrifice Shelly Lair-Langenbau. God bless you and may you rest in peace.

Russell PiehlHonored in 2019

Russell was a flight medic with Shell for Mercy Air Med. On January 2, 2013, he also boarded the Mercy Air Med N445MT helicopter that went down near Ventura, IA. This was his final mission. Russ left behind his wife Melody and their six children - Kayla, Jesse, Tricia, Brandon, Courtney, and Cassie. Thank you for your sacrifice Russell Piehl. God bless you and may you rest in peace.

Spc. Joshua L. KnowlesHonored in 2019

Spc. Knowles was a member of the 1133rd Transportation Company out of Mason City, Iowa. Spc. Knowles as killed on February 5, 2004, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in high school, Joshua engaged in paintball battles with Families of the Fallen, Inc. committee member, Dustin Buck. We are so proud to remember him and honor his family at this festival. Thank you for your service Spc. Joshua Knowles. God bless you and may you rest in peace.