Master Sgt. Timothy Kessler saving the world

| May 19, 2017

Chief Tango sends us a link to the story of the day that Master Sergeant Timothy Kessler rescued an expectant mother and a number of his neighbors from a deadly cloud of anhydrous ammonia. He saw a stranded car in the cloud and selflessly drove his own car into the poison and evacuated Holly Nichols from the car. Then he went around knocking on doors to alert folks in the path of the noxious cloud.

Master Sergeant Timothy Kessler, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer for the 364th Brigade Support Battalion was awarded the Soldiers Medal for his valor at a sporting event in Busch Stadium between the Cubs and Cardinals.

“Holly was pregnant when she was rescued,” Danny Nichols added. “There isn’t enough you can do or say to thank someone who saves your daughter and grandson.”

“Without his quick response and heroism, we would not have our daughter and grandson today,” Danny Nichols said. “Tim Kessler is a true hero in the eyes of the Nichols family.”

“Words alone can’t describe how grateful we are,” Ruthann Nichols added. “It was a true miracle he (Kessler) was in the right place at the right time.”

Danny Nichols said he and his wife still have medical issues from exposure to the anhydrous ammonia fumes from the leak on April 5, 2016.


After receiving The Soldier’s Medal, Kessler was given the honor of throwing out the first pitch of the Cardinals vs. Cubs ballgame to St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Alex Reyes acting as catcher.

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  1. 26Limabeans says:

    Nice work and clear headed thinking Master Sgt.
    Carry on.

  2. Fyrfighter says:

    Very balsy! Anhydrous Ammonia is no joke.. BZ trooper, good on ya, and prayers that you recover completely!

  3. IDC SARC says:


  4. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    BZ Master Sgt!

  5. Graybeard says:

    Good job, Master Sgt Kessler.

  6. Mick says:


  7. CCO says:

    Good job Master Sergeant!

    I have a cousin who lost an eye when an anhydrous ammonia line flew loose from its tank and hit him in the face. I’m not sure if was the impact or the caustic chemical effects or both. His other eye is okay, and a doctor in Chapel Hill fixed him with a fake eye so he looks okay.

    • Foxbat40 says:

      Both of our eyes are close together. If it was the chemical it would have gotten both eyes. It was most likely the impact.

  8. Deplorable B Woodman says:

    Anhydrous ammonia. …… (shudder…..)

  9. Ex-PH2 says:

    Nicely done! More, please.

  10. David says:

    Now if it had only been Molina… Hope it was on the night the Cards took over first! Ammonia is nasty stuff; inhaled a bit in high school and that taught me everlasting respect for it. To voluntarily drive into it… let’s just say the ball he pitched was the smallest.

  11. Sparks says:

    Way to go, way to be Master Sergeant!

  12. OldSoldier54 says:

    Doing what is right, for no other reason other than it’s just the right thing to do. When no one is watching, and could cost you your life … this is the true test of Character.

    You have lots of Character, Master Sergeant Kessler. May God bless and keep you. May the love of our Lord be with you. Now, and always, may He keep you in it ’til He comes.

  13. chooee lee says:

    Well done