Fort Drum Soldier Receives Medal For Heroism

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A Fort Drum soldier from Missouri received a heroism award for helping to rescue passengers from a tour bus that burst into flames after being rear-ended on the New York Thruway.
   
Army Sergeant Jacob Perkins was awarded the Soldier's Medal at a ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

It is one of the military's highest awards for a non-combat act of heroism.

Since the Soldier's Medal was created in 1926, just over 18,000 soldiers have received it
   
Perkins was driving home to Missouri on leave in July when he saw a bus and a tractor-trailer engulfed in flames on the side of the Thruway between Syracuse and Rochester.

He ran into the bus several times to help remove injured passengers.
   
The crash killed the truck driver and injured as many as 50 bus passengers.

See our earlier report on Perkins

Friday, December 19, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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