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9-1-1 Magazine Writer Nancy Rigg Nominated for National Award

Date: 2011-12-23
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Her campaign for the development of federally sponsored flood rescue teams nets Rigg a "Rare Life Award" nomination

9-1-1 Magazine writer Nancy Rigg has been nominated for Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon’s Rare Life Award for her tireless work campaigning for the development of a federally sponsored network of trained flood rescue teams.

For more than 23 years, Rigg has been devoted to educating, informing and promoting swiftwater and flood rescue training, response planning, and equipment development to ensure the safety of rescue personnel around the world. After the death of her fiancé, Earl Higgins, who died during a swiftwater rescue of a young boy, she co-founded the Higgins & Langley Memorial and Education Fund to raise awareness for the need of trained rescue teams. Her unparalleled heroism and commitment makes Nancy Rigg an exceptional addition to the Rare Life Award nominee list.

This is the second year that Eagle Rare Bourbon will present and present the Rare Life Award to the person who best exemplifies a commitment to excellence and making a difference in a unique way. Nominees demonstrate such core values as courage, leadership, survival, heroism, devotion and character. The 2012 grand prize is $20,000, which will be donated by Eagle Rare Bourbon to a charity of the winner's choice. Rigg has chosen Higgins & Langley Memorial and Education Fund as the beneficiary of the award money, should she win. To date, there are more than 100 nominees from across the United States.

"This country is filled with courageous, honest, hard-working people who lead rare lives every day," said Kris Comstock, Eagle Rare brand manager. "Eagle Rare Bourbon embodies life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This award will honor those who do the same, as we think rare lives deserve to be rewarded."

A reception honoring the Rare Life Award winner will be held in the recipient's hometown next year.

Supporters can vote for Rigg by visiting All nominations and votes must be submitted by January 1, 2012. The twenty submissions receiving the most votes will be reviewed and one winner will be selected in February 2012 to receive a $20,000 charitable donation in their name.  

Click here to vote directly for Nancy Rigg:

Rigg’s chosen charity: Higgins & Langley Memorial and Education Fund - a 501(c)3 nonprofit:

- People, Places & Things/ (via Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon, 12/21/11)


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