Local teen saves lives of two fellow students
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
Army ROTC programs are designed to train high school students to be future leaders. One local ROTC student put that training to use and saved not one, but the lives of two of his fellow students, earning him the highest honor a high school cadet can get.
Murphy High School Cadet Sergeant First Class Malik McConnell was awarded the Medal of Heroism, an award equivalent of the Medal of Honor for active duty military.
"It's an award for someone who goes above and beyond and saving somebody at risk," explained Col. Joel Weeks, senior Army instructor.
Cadet McConnell saved two 'somebodies' at risk.
While on a drill competition trip, McConnell rescued a cadet from drowning who was also pulling another cadet under water with him in his panic.
"I just reacted the best way I could, and the training that I was taught," McConnell said. Training that's been ingrained in him not only to be an amazing student, but a great citizen.
That quick action earned Cadet McConnell the respect of his fellow cadets, his peers and the Army, thus the Medal of Heroism yet he is still humble.
McConnell said, "I didn't feel like I went above and beyond. I thought I did what I was supposed to do as, help those around me."
Cadet McConnell's parents and even the school superintendent said he's a natural leader.