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    A Good Deed in the North Country

    Sgt. Ashlee Shelton at Fort Drum

    Photo By Maj. Matthew Pargett | Sergeant Ashlee Shelton of the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat...... read more read more



    Story by Capt. Matthew Pargett 

    1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

    Each day around the world, Soldiers start their mornings improving their physical fitness so they can be ready for any mission. For Sergeant Ashlee Shelton of the 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, the need to be ready came shortly after she finished her own physical training on December 2, 2020 when she drove upon the site of an overturned truck on a rural road outside of Fort Drum, New York.

    “When I saw an arm sticking out the side of the window I knew I had to stop,” said Sgt. Shelton who was the first person to arrive on the scene.

    “I stopped and ran over to see if they were alright. They were fine, but I wanted to get them out so I jumped on top of the car to get the door open. Once they were out they waited in the back of my car until the ambulance came.”

    “She did an exceptional thing,” said Carthage EMT-B Jennifer Stafford who responded to the scene.

    Sgt. Shelton climbed onto the truck to help the two occupants said EMT-B Stafford, adding Sgt. Shelton did all of this while still wearing her Army Physical Fitness Uniform.

    “It’s a good thing when Soldiers do good things,” said EMT-B Stafford, who recognized Sgt. Shelton’s actions were essential that morning.

    A modest person by nature, Sgt. Shelton kept her actions to herself until Carthage emergency services reached out to Fort Drum to let them know what she had done.

    Reflecting on her actions that morning, Sgt. Shelton acknowledged her Army training helped her to respond effectively.

    “I was in the moment and I just wanted to ensure that they were okay” she said, adding she believes anyone else in her shoes would have done the same thing.

    In recognition for her actions the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division will present Sgt. Shelton with the Army Commendation Medal.



    Date Taken: 12.02.2020
    Date Posted: 12.15.2020 09:31
    Story ID: 384924
    Location: FORT DRUM, NY, US

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