Rapid Response Earns Soldier’s Medal
By Harold Hutchison
Staff Sgt. Tyrone A. Mitchell was running an errand on 20 May, 2012 when he came across an overturned vehicle. A surrounding haze lead to the belief that there might be a possible fire. But he did not hesitate.
Making his way to the vehicle, Mitchell broke open the rear window, got into the car, and then pulled the unconscious driver to safety. Emergency personnel arrived to treat the injured driver. SSG Mitchell also suffered lacerations while carrying out the rescue.
On 13 February, Mitchell received the Soldier’s Medal for his heroism. "I don't think you really think about it that much when you see a situation and you know that someone else needs help," Mitchell said. "I didn't think about it, I just reacted.”
The Soldier’s Medal is the highest honor a Soldier can receive for an act of valor in a non-combat situation, and takes precedence over the Bronze Star.