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NATCA and the Federal Aviation Administration held press availability at Cleveland Center (ZAU) on April 11 and 14, 2017, featuring the story of controller David Stempien's flight assist to help a couple in a small plane regain control and land safely. Stempien's work earned him NATCA's Great Lakes Region Archie League Medal of Safety Award, presented on March 22, 2017. Press clippings at the links below:

FOX 8 CLEVELAND
Local Air Traffic Controller Saves Pilot in Distress


CLEVELAND 19 CBS 
Area air traffic controller wins national award for saving pilot in distress

CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
Avon air traffic controller lauded for saving two lives


CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
A life-saving air traffic controller is honored: Cheer of the Day (editorial)