WSP recognizes Army soldiers’ awards for saving lives
FSSF – Five U.S. Army soldiers were recognized for their rescue efforts by Capt. James Mjor of Washington State’s Patrol District 8 on Tuesday morning.
Command Sergeant Major Dario Gundersen, Captain Seamus Bradley, First Sergeant Gerardo Moran-Tovar, Staff Sergeant Richard Lawson and Sergeant Lonnie Rogelio Williams were recognized and received the WSP Life Saving Award for their efforts in a collision in September.
On Thursday, September 16, five soldiers were traveling on Highway 101 in Grays Harbor when they witnessed a burning vehicle that was involved in a head-on collision.
The military was able to act quickly, put out the fire and come to the aid of the woman driving, Montana Driver, who was stuck in one of the vehicles.
They managed to keep her calm until Life Flight arrived and took her to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
Driver, who was unable to attend, made a video that was released at the start of the ceremony.
She said: “You are my heroes and without you I surely believe I would not be here today.”
The Lifesaving Award may be presented by WSP to citizens, employees or other law enforcement officers who have taken life-saving action to save the life of another person without endangering themselves.