FORT HOOD, TX, UNITED STATES
FORT HOOD, Texas – Almost three months since he helped assist in the rescue of an injured motorist from his burning vehicle in Killeen, Ryan Frushour was presented with a life saving award by the Veterans of Foreign Wars post of Hewitt, Texas, at an award ceremony, March 6, at 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion headquarters, Fort Hood, Texas.
Frushour, from Denver, a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief in Company B, 3rd AHB, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, was presented with a certificate of achievement and check for $100 by Harry Munn, of Hewitt, Texas, commander, post 6008, in recognition of his efforts.
The gallantry displayed by Frushour impressed Munn, who read an article detailing the events of the crash, in which Frushour pulled the motorist from his car and helped treat the victim with first aid before emergency services arrived.
"I was here at Fort Hood visiting friends when I picked up a copy of the Sentinel and read the article," Munn said. "One of the programs the VFW runs is a lifesaving award to an individual during the VFW year, and I hadn't gotten one for my post yet."
After reading the article Munn cut it out and sent it to his state headquarters who then passed it on to the national headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., subsequently approving Frushour for the award.
The actions of Frushour were in keeping with the fine tradition of the 1st ACB, whom the VFW will vigorously be supporting during their upcoming deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Munn said.
"I am extremely proud of this young man and the 1st ACB, who we will be looking to send off before they leave," Munn said.
Command Sgt. Maj. Glen Vela, from Dallas, brigade command sergeant major, 1st ACB, praised Frushour's actions and said he performed actions others may have tried to avoid in the same circumstances.
"We always seem to find ourselves in situations that you may try to talk your way out of, meaning if you came across a car accident, how would you react?" Vela said. "We have a Soldier who did react and saved a life."
Frushour modestly described his actions as something anyone would have done as he related this incident to the 3rd AHB.
"I helped pull the victim from his car which had caught on fire and helped treat his injuries," Frushour said. "He had a compound fracture and some bones were sticking out."
Frushour was quick to point out the rescue was a team effort and not his alone, with several employees from O' Reilly's Auto Parts helping him aid the injured motorist.
"It was a team effort," Frushour said. "I can't take credit for everything."
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