Indy soldier honored for saving fellow soldiers from helicopter crash

Posted at 7:36 PM, Dec 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-03 19:36:13-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis soldier was one of six men honored for saving the lives of fellow soldiers who were trapped in a burning helicopter. 

Staff Sgt. Richard Weaver from Indianapolis along with five of his fellow soldiers, Staff Sgt. Beau Corder, Staff Sgt. Engel Becker, Sgt. Damon Seals, Spc. Christopher White and Pfc. Ryan Brisson were recognized for their heroic actions following a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crash during a training exercise at Fort Campbell back in January. 

Staff Sgt. Weaver is credited with rushing to action when the helicopter crashed, leading the first four responders in the rescue efforts, according to a release sent out by the U.S. Army.

Staff Sgt. Weaver was able to save three soldiers, he was responsible for tying together ropes to attach and pull out one of the trapped crew chiefs.

The Soldier's Medal is the Army's highest peacetime award for valor. To receive the honor, a soldier's performance must have involved personal hazard or danger and the voluntary risk of life under conditions not involving conflict with an armed enemy. 

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