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ROTC Medal for Heroism

This medal is awarded by the United States Army to JROTC and ROTC cadets who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism performed on or off campus. The "act must result in accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding as to set the cadet apart from others in similar circumstances and must involve acceptance of danger or extraordinary responsibilities exemplifying praiseworthy fortitude and courage."

"True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost."
     Arthur Ashe, American Social Activist and Champion Tennis Player

"How important it is for us to recognize our heroes and she-roes."
     Maya Angelou, American Poet

"I don't think of myself as a hero. A hero is someone who drives an ambulance and firemen. I just did what I felt was appropriate."
     Gina Keyes, ROTC Medal for Heroism recipient

And so let us recognize the "he-roes" and "she-roes" who, since its inception, have been awarded the ROTC Medal for Heroism, the U.S. Army's highest achievement in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Too often the news about teenagers and young adults is negative or discouraging. In this Bugler, we accentuate the positive!

- JROTC cadets Gina Keyes and Evelyn Gates, both of St. Petersburg, Florida. Keyes, a junior at Dixie Hollins High School at the time of her heroic act helped save a drowning man in her apartment complex pool. Gates, a graduate from Boca Ciega High School is credited with saving a fellow cadet who suffered a life-threatening seizure during a JROTC competition. Both cadets learned their skills in JROTC first aid instruction.

- Cadet Captain Jacklyn Crittenden of Mount Pleasant High School in Wilmington, Delaware, as part of the aquatics phase of the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge Camp Adventure at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, saved the life of a cadet who had been swimming on a competing squad.

- William Baker of Ooltewah High School in Ooltewah, Tennessee, was honored for his role in helping to save an infant from drowning in a rain-swollen, snake-infested creek.

- Sarah Stone of Bassett High School in Bassett, Virginia, was driving back home after visiting relatives in Florida when a horrific two-car crash took place in front of the car she was in. Sarah provided comfort and support to the passengers in both cars, even though one couple spoke no English.

- Boston University cadet Timothy McHugh intervened (and was himself a victim) in a late-night domestic fight he got caught in the middle of while walking back to his dorm. His actions prevented what could have been a more serious assault. He credited the ROTC program for teaching him to "think on his feet."

- Dudley "D.J." Cobb, a cadet at Western Maryland College (now called McDaniel College) was honored for helping to save the life of the driver of an overturned United Parcel Service van.

- Jacob Della Pia rushed inside a burning home - twice. For his bravery, the volunteer firefighter for the Oshtemo Township Fire Department and ROTC cadet was awarded the Western Michigan University ROTC Cadet Medal for Heroism as a firefighter when he rescued a fellow firefighter overcome by smoke, then went back to search for others.

- Cadet Captain Dwight "D.J." Wills saved a neighbor's house from an electrical fire while a senior at Colonial Forge High School in Fredericksburg, Maryland. The neighbor believes D.J. also saved the family with his quick and heroic response.

While the world may give us pause, these young adults give us hope. We salute these Junior and Senior ROTC cadets who make us all proud!

The ROTC Medal for Heroism is pictured here:

ROTC Medal for Heroism

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