In the Fayetteville Observer, they tell the story of SSG Tyronne Mitchell who was driving out and about Spring Lake, NC when he came across an accident scene. Without thinking, SSG Mitchell leapt from his own car and pulled a woman from her overturned vehicle. Mitchell administered first aid until emergency crew arrived on the scene;
Mitchell, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., said his wife had sent him to the store on May 20, 2012, when he came upon a car on its side on Spring Avenue.
Mitchell used a knife to break a rear window. He cut the seatbelt so he could pull the driver, a woman, from the vehicle, which was blanketed in a smokey haze.
He said he worried the car would tip over, further injuring the woman.
Mitchell carried the woman to a safe distance, then crawled back into the car to retrieve her belongings.
Officials said Mitchell put his own life in danger by crawling into the car and said his actions reflect his “completely unimpeachable character.”
Mitchell, who sustained minor lacerations and superficial cuts to his hands, wrists and forearm, was praised by many within Army Special Operations Command.
For his valiant efforts, SSG Mitchell earned the Soldier’s Medal awarded for valor not in combat against an armed enemy. Says AR 600-8-22;
The Soldier’s Medal is awarded to any person of the Armed Forces of the United States or of a friendly foreign nation who, while serving in any capacity with the Army of the United States…distinguished himself or herself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy.