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Local Air Force Veteran Recognized For Designing Rescue Service Emblem

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A local man was honored today for designing the Air Rescue Service Emblem, in 1952.  

William Steffens is an Air Force veteran from Petoskey.  

In 1952, he entered a design contest to create the emblem for the Rescue Service, which is now known as the United States Air Force Pararescue.

This is his design, an angel with its arms wrapped around the world.

When he won, he was never recognized.  

In February, Congressman Dan Benishek wrote to the Air Force on Steffens' behalf to get the recognition he deserved.

William says it was great to see such a big turnout at Thursday's ceremony, he says you never realize how much people appreciate all you've done for the country.
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