Staff Sgt. Tyronne Mitchell; saving the world one person at a time

| February 14, 2013

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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.

Category: Real Soldiers

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  1. Jumpmaster says:

    A big HOOah! to SSG Mitchell for getting the driver out but it was not wise to go back into the car for mere “belongings”. I lived in Spring Lake for a while and have a pretty good idea of where this accident may have happened.

  2. Mike says:

    The whole area around Bragg is a quagmire. Good job SSG.

  3. Hondo says:

    Well done, SSG Mitchell. Kudos.

  4. OWB says:

    Good job, SSG Mitchell.

  5. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    The SSG is well deserving of recognition, glad to see he is getting it.

    It’s too bad we won’t see these stories on the MSM regularly. Because this doesn’t fit into the “crazed warrior” meme prevalent in the media it will be unlikely to see the light of day on a major network. That this is more in line with how our young soldiers behave and the sense of duty and responsibility they have for the nation more’s the pity that this is not the story told daily, or the dozens like it across the nation on a regular basis.

  6. Common Sense says:

    What a beautiful family!

  7. OldSoldier54 says:

    Well done, young man!

    You are a credit to your parents, your Branch, and our people.