Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to recognize Quinn Jensen as the recipient of the “Hero Among Us” honor on October 5th 2013. Quinn is a 28 year old army reservist from Logan, Utah who was injured while on active duty in Afghanistan. In early March Quinn was driving an armored vehicle with three fellow soldiers when an I.E.D went off, exploding underneath their vehicle. Quinn sustained serious injuries and was medevaced, along with his comrades, to a military hospital in Afghanistan. As a result of the injuries he sustained during the explosion his right leg was amputated from the knee down. Shortly after the accident U.S Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, visited Quinn in the hospital and pinned a purple heart and a and combat action badge on him.
Stephen Adams, Quinn Jensen, and Real Salt Lake Representative Sam Allen
Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to recognize Ted Bartling as the recipient of the “Hero Among Us” honor on October 23rd. For over a decade Ted had considered becoming a living kidney donor. At 51 years old he knew the time had come, the cutoff for living kidney donation is 60 years old. As it turned out Ted’ timing could not have been more perfect. Ted knew that by becoming a living kidney donor he could potentially save one person’s life but he had no idea that he would end up saving three. Ted’s donation started a chain of events that saved the life of three people, including a 2 year old boy who was weeks away from having to go on dialysis. Before Ted made his selfless decision three people were waiting for transplants, two of them had willing donors who were not matches. Ted’s kidney was the missing link to complete all three transplants. He wanted to give back and help someone live a normal life; thanks to his generous act three people now have that chance.
Rita Offret, Ted Bartling, and Real Salt Lake Representative Sam Allen