Governor Bob Riley has presented the Alabama Commendation Medal to 47 Alabama National Guard soldiers whose quick, selfless actions saved a number of lives in July. The soldiers were on a bus returning to Alabama from drill at Camp Shelby, Mississippi on July 12th when a bus in front of them carrying members of the First Baptist Church of Shreveport suffered a tire blowout and rolled over three times. As soon as they could, after stopping, the Alabama Guard members lifted the 30-passenger bus so trapped victims could be freed. The Guard members also directed traffic and provided medical assistance to the injured until local emergency personnel could arrive on the scene.
Part of the military training they had recently undergone included how to upright an overturned vehicle and provide emergency medical assistance. These soldiers from Detachment 1, 2101st Transportation Company are heroes and all Alabamians should be proud of them. Governor Riley had this to say:
The terrorists we fight kill innocents. They don’t save them. The terrorists have been taught there is a “right” way to die. We’re taught that there is a right way to live.
These Alabama National Guard troops will be deployed to Iraq early in 2010. Our prayers and support will go with them.
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