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High school football coach to receive Congressional Medal of Honor civilian award

Former Parkland (Ore.) High School assistant coach Keanon Lowe has been named a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor citizens award, it was announced last week.

This honor is awarded by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, and is different than the Medal of Honor awarded by the U.S. President in the name of Congress, which is given to U.S. military personnel who distinguish themselves in the call of duty.

Lowe is one of seven honorees and one of two winners of the Single Act of Heroism award.

Lowe won the award for stopping a would-be school shooting at Parkland High School last May.

Lowe will share his honor with Riley Howell, who sacrificed his life to tackle a gunman at the UNC-Charlotte.

Lowe, a wide receiver on Chip Kelly's best Oregon teams, is now the head coach at West Linn High School in Oregon.