Lifesaving Medal
Versions of the Kingdom of Prussia's Lifesaving Medals
TypeCivil decoration
Awarded forSaving a life
Presented byPrussia
StatusNo longer awarded
Established1 February 1833
Last awarded1925
Ribbon of the medal
Order of Wear 1916[1]
Next (lower)Merit Cross for War Aid

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.
  2. ^ Ehrenzeichen
  3. ^ Bismarck