This past week, a hero has been recognized in North Carolina. A Special Forces soldier who was stationed at Fort Bragg saved two people outside of combat – and has been given the Army’s highest honor for heroism. The service member, Staff Sgt. Adams, received the Soldier’s Medal after he came to the rescue of two individuals trapped in a fiery crash on the road in North Carolina back in October 2016.
Those two individuals have not forgotten the heroism this soldier displayed in their moment of need.
“It takes a special person to do what he did,” Army Major Crocker said. Crocker is the acting commander of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group.
Adams is a member of Army Major Crocker’s group. But because his job requires some secrecy, his first name was not released.
The Fayetteville Observer quoted Staff Sgt. Adams after he leaped into action and saved the two people in the crash on U.S. 64 near Asheboro. The recognized hero said:
“The only thing I could really think about was the people in the vehicle.”
Fortunately, the United States armed forces are filled with people like Staff Sgt. Adams, people willing to put their lives on the line to protect American civilians and our democratic rights.
“Staff Sgt. Adams saw four of his fellow human beings in desperate need of help,” Army Maj. Crocker said. “And in trying to save them, proved that the Army’s capacity to do good in the world is not limited to the battlefield.”
Although the act of heroism occurred in the fourth quarter of 2016, the Army has been reviewing Adams’s heroism to make sure it qualified. The Soldier’s Medal requires that the service member risk his or her own life while trying to save others. This honor proves unspeakable commitment to country and liberty.
During that fateful day in October 2016, Adams was driving on U.S. 64 highway when he saw a truck with two women and two children go off the road and collide with trees. Instead of driving forward, Adams pulled over and rushed to the scene of the accident. All he wanted was to do his best to save the individuals lives if he could.
As he ran down the hill to the vehicle, Adams lost his shoes. Broken glass pierced his feet. But he did not stop.
Adams freed 33-year-old Lillie Mingin and her 7-year-old son Eric Mason Mingin before the fiery hell took their lives.
26-year-old Brittany Goodman had been ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. 12-year-old Colby Springle, Mingin’s second son, was trapped inside the vehicle. Adams had no way to remove the young boy from the crushed metal of the truck. And the boy was only removed after rescue crews came, but he died shortly after that.
Although everyone claims they would risk their lives to save people, Adams proved that he had what it took to do it.
“My challenge to all of you,” Brig. Gen. Richard Angle said, “Use (Staff Sgt. Adams) and his actions as an example. Make that decision to do the right thing. No matter how big or how small the act.”