was awarded the Sheriff's Medal of Valor
and the Purple Heart on Thursday for his
actions on Jan. 14, 2007, when he
was working a minor accident on the east U.S. 380 bridge that had iced over, causing extremely hazardous driving conditions.As he
attempted to escort a woman out of harm's way, a pickup truck began sliding toward them, putting them in peril of being crushed between it and another vehicle.Using split-second judgment, he
immediately wrapped the woman up into his
arms and fell backwards off the bridge onto the embankment below.He
suffered several major fractures and spent many months recovering.