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Press Release
September 07, 2006
Heroism Medal to be awarded to Oregon National Guardsman
The Oregon Army National Guard Soldier who rescued a little girl from the Deschutes River in Bend, Ore., Spc. Tom Hoy, will be presented with an award from the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution on Sunday Sept. 10 at Camp Rilea near Warrenton, Ore.
The Heroism Medal will be presented to Spc. Hoy at 9 a.m. on the parade field at Camp Rilea during the unit formation for 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry (RSTA).
This national award from NSSAR will be presented by the President of the Republic Chapter, Willis Meisenheimer, who is also a retired Oregon National Guard colonel.
The medal for heroism recognizes outstanding bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of imminent danger, i.e. acts which involve great personal courage and risk to the recipient.
Spc. Hoy met the criteria for this award for his unselfish action without regard to his personal safety on July 10, when he observed a young girl in the Deschutes River who appeared to be in distress. After directing the girl toward him, he waded into the moving water and carried her to safety.
Spc. Hoy is also a reserve police officer in Prineville, where he resides with his wife and two children.
Media and community members are encouraged to attend this award ceremony.
Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Office
Kay Fristad
cell 503-931-5179
Capt Mike Braibish
cell 503-932-5805