N. Charleston solider receives medal for saving truck driver in Kentucky

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Sergeant 1st Class Mario King, a career advisor with U.S. Army Human Resources Command, will be awarded the prestigious Soldier’s Medal at Fort Knox, Kentucky, for risking his life to save a man from a burning semi three months ago in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.
The Soldier’s Medal is the highest peacetime award for heroism that the secretary of the Army can bestow upon a soldier and is seventh highest in order of precedence, according to officials.

The news release states that it’s awarded to people of the Armed Forces of the United States who’ve distinguished himself or herself by heroism for acts of bravery involving personal hazard and the voluntary risk of life not involving actual conflict with an enemy. 

King crawled into the cab of the truck, which was engulfed in flames, to rescue the trapped driver after his semi, loaded with 8,000 gallons of fuel, collided with a car, jackknifed, rolled and burst into flames.

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