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Medal of Honor Recipients selected Joseph Diener of Columbia, Missouri as a 2022 Citizen Honors Award Honoree for his conspicuous and selfless courage in service to his fellow Americans by going above and beyond the call of duty in aid to others.
Boy Scout Joseph Diener is selected for his singular act of heroism on June 25, 2021, when he and a friend saved a woman from drowning in a flash flood. Joseph entered the fast moving water without hesitation and swam to the woman who was clinging to the top of a post. Without regard for his own safety, he swam with the woman to safety. Joseph’s selfless action that day reflects great credit on himself, his family, and the state of Missouri.