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    Four Ark. guardsmen honored for heroism

    10:06 PM, Oct 13, 2012   |    comments
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    MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - Four soldiers in Arkansas are being honored for their heroism this weekend.
    The Arkansas National Guard is recognizing the four men for their life-saving actions in Hot Springs in 2009.

    Those being honored are:

    Spc. Dominic Alexander of Malvern
    Staff Sgt. Shane Huneycutt of Malvern
    Sgt. James Rogers of Arkadelphia
    Spc. Dane Tillery of Hollis

    While returning to their home unit in Malvern after training at Fort Chaffee November 1st, 2009, the Guardsmen approached a head-on collision that had just occurred on Highway 270 near Hot Springs. The team assessed the situation and helped save those in immediate danger, while protecting others in the surrounding area.

    With one of the vehicles on fire, Honeycutt and Roger pulled two injured people from the automobile. During this time, Alexander and Tillery used fire extinguishers from their military vehicle to help contain the flames.

    Once the injured were pulled to safety, they directed others away from the burning vehicle and cleared a path for emergency personnel to arrive.

    The awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2:00 p.m. It will take place at the National Guard Armory, 1430 Division Street in Malvern.

    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 Medial 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 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.

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