Utah guardsman to get medal for rescue during traffic accident

Utah guardsman to get medal for rescue during traffic accident

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CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah (AP) -- A Utah National Guard soldier is being honored with a state medal for bravery based on his actions away from the battlefield.

Guard spokesman Hank McIntire says Sgt. Phillip McClure of Springville witnessed a traffic accident and then was the first on the scene. McClure freed the motorist from a burning vehicle and administered first aid.

For his quick reaction, skill and heroism McClure will receive the Utah Cross.

A ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday at Camp Williams.

McClure is a member of the guard's 116th Engineer Company which is based in Springville.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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