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National honor for Hurricane Isaac heroes

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Flooding after Hurricane Isaac- WVUE FOX 8 file photo Flooding after Hurricane Isaac- WVUE FOX 8 file photo

Washington, D.C.- A Braithwaite father and son will be honored as recipients of the Citizen Service before Self award for their heroism after Hurricane Isaac.

Jesse Shaffer III and his son Jesse Shaffer IV lost their home in Braithwaite during Isaac's devastating floods, but they chose to stay behind with their boat to rescue more than 120 people even as the water rose and the winds blew.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society & Foundation chose the Shaffers and three other recipients from a pool of 23 finalists.

The Society's news release says the four heroes were chosen "for going above and beyond for their fellow men in some extraordinary way- saving a life in a single instance of extreme bravery, or bettering their community with ongoing selfless service."

Senator Mary Landrieu nominated the Shaffers for the honor and says, "I know the Shaffer men never asked for or expected any recognition of their daring rescue efforts during Hurricane Isaac, but they more than deserve this honor."

The honorees will receive their awards at a ceremony on Medal of Honor Day, March 25th, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

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