Lifesaving Medal (Prussia)

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Lifesaving Medal
Rettungsmedaille Preussen.jpg
Versions of the Kingdom of Prussia's Lifesaving Medals
Awarded by Prussia
TypeCivil decoration
Awarded forSaving a life
StatusNo longer awarded
Established1 February 1833
Last awarded1925
Order of Wear 1916[1]
Next (higher)Military Order of Maria Theresa
Next (lower)Merit Cross for War Aid
1000px ribbon bar of Lifesaving Medal (Prussia).svg
Ribbon of the medal

The Lifesaving Medal (German: Rettungsmedaille am Band) was a civil decoration of the Kingdom of Prussia. Established 1 February 1833, it was awarded to individuals who had saved another person's life, at risk to their own. This medal is referred to as the Lifesaving Medal on Band to differentiate it from a previous non-portable award established in 1802.[2] Otto von Bismarck received it for rescuing a drowning man.[3]


  1. ^ Lundström, Richard. "Prussian Regulations of 24 February 1915 (with amendment 1916)". Guide to German Ribbon Bars 1914-1945. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
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  3. ^ Bismarck