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The Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education has named the recipients of the 2009 realLIFEstories client service awards.

LIFE, Arlington, Va., is the nonprofit group that is organizing this month’s Life Insurance Awareness Month campaign.

The realLIFE award program recognizes insurance agents who use life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance and long term care insurance products to make a dramatic difference in clients’ lives.

“This year’s realLIFEstories underscore how important insurance is in a financial plan, and the vital role insurance advisors play in helping families to address and determine their insurance needs,” NAIFA President Marvin Feldman says in a statement.

The award recipients are featured in a special section of the Sept. 14 issue of Newsweek magazine.

One of the honorees is Phyllis Shelton, the well-known Hendersonville, Tenn., long term care insurance expert. LIFE recognized her for selling an LTC policy that enabled the husband of a woman with Alzheimer’s disease to pay for her care while staying financially independent.

The other honorees are Jerry Braun of Fairview, Ore.; Richard Bourgault of Westford, Mass.; and Joe Fox of Minneapolis.

Braun persuaded a youth pastor to buy life insurance just 2 years before the pastor was killed while helping injured motorists on a highway. Bourgault sold life insurance to an airline pilot who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and Fox sold life insurance to an undercover police officer who died of stomach cancer.