Soldiers Medal (left), Arkansas Military Cross Medal (right).
MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - Four members of the Arkansas National Guard's Malvern-based headquarters will be honored for their bravery for helping during a car crash in Hot Springs.
Spc. Dominic Alexander, of Malvern, Staff Sgt. Shane Huneycutt, of Malvern, Sgt. James Rogers, of Arkadelphia, and Spc. Dane Tillery, of Hollis will be honored in an awards ceremony to recognize their extraordinarily heroic actions to protect citizens of Arkansas at the risk of their own lives during a vehicle accident that occurred in Hot Springs November 1st, 2009.
While returning to their home unit in Malvern after training at Fort Chaffee November 1st, 2009, the team of Arkansas Guardsmen approached a head-on collision that had just occurred on Highway 270 near Hot Springs. The team quickly assessed the situation and took action to save those in immediate danger while also protected others in the surrounding area. With one of the vehicles on fire, Honeycutt and Rogers immediately braved the flames and the potential of explosion in order to pull two injured occupants from the automobile.
At the same moment, Alexander and Tillery were working to contain the flames with extinguishers secured from their military vehicle. Once the injured were pulled to safety, Honeycutt and Rogers set up a cordon of the area and worked to direct others to safety away from the burning vehicle while also ensuring a clear path for the arrival of emergency personnel. Alexander and Tillery fought the flames until the fire extinguishers emptied at which time they focused on assisting the injured until emergency personnel arrived on the scene.
Huneycutt and Rogers are awarded the Soldiers Medal for their actions, while Alexander and Tillery will receive the Arkansas Military Cross Medal for theirs.
The Soldiers Medal is awarded to any person of the Armed Forces of the United States, or of a friendly foreign nation, who distinguishes themselves by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy. The medal was established by Congress in 1926.
The Arkansas Military Cross is awarded for conspicuous gallantry or extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty to any person who is honorably serving in the Arkansas National Guard while in state or federal service under state control. The individual receiving the award must have performed an act of heroism involving voluntary risk of life or limb, designed to protect the life of another person or persons, or to accomplish a task or mission which successful completion would lessen a threat to the health and safety of others.
The awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the National Guard armory located at 1430 Division Street in Malvern, Arkansas.