FORT KNOX, Ky. (LEX 18) – A soldier who saved a man from a burning tanker in Rockcastle County will be honored with an award for his bravery.
Sgt. 1st Class Mario King, a career advisor with U.S. Army Human Resources Command was awarded the prestigious Soldier’s Medal on Sept. 7, at Fort Knox, for risking his life to save the man from a burning semi three months ago in Brodhead.
The Soldier’s Medal is the highest peacetime award for heroism that the secretary of the army can bestow upon a soldier and is 7th highest in order of precedence.
King crawled into the cab of the truck, which was engulfed in flames, to rescue the trapped driver after his semi, loaded with 8,000 gallons of fuel, collided with a car, jackknifed, rolled and burst into flames.