East Tennessee soldier receives high honor

East Tennessee soldier receives high honor

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One of the soldiers who received his award Wednesday is Sgt. 1st Class Fred Mize III. One of the soldiers who received his award Wednesday is Sgt. 1st Class Fred Mize III.
Four Tennessee soldiers have been awarded the Soldier's Medal for their brave actions outside of combat. Four Tennessee soldiers have been awarded the Soldier's Medal for their brave actions outside of combat.
By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

NASHVILLE (WATE) - Four Tennessee soldiers have been awarded the Soldier's Medal for their brave actions outside of combat.

One of the soldiers, Sgt. 1st Class Fred Mize III, is from East Tennessee.

The Soldier's Medal award is recognized as one if the highest awards that can be given. It is given to those who show acts of heroism while not in combat situations, putting their own lives at risk to save others.

"There's 15,000 Tennessee air and army national guardsmen, and there's heroes among all of them," said Major General Max Haston.

Wednesday, four of those guardsmen stood in front of family, friends and fellow soldiers receiving an award many describe as bittersweet.

"These are awards that I absolutely hate to present simply for the fact that something has happened that they've had to risk life and limb to do and it could have gone bad, and we hate to present them but it's an honor to present them," said Major General Haston.


Sgt. Mize is from Strawberry Plains. He says he was in the right place at the right time February 10, 2013 and was just doing the right thing.

"I just needed to do what needed to be done for fellow Americans," he said.

Mize says he was returning back from a drill with three new recruits, when he came a cross a fiery crash outside Jefferson County High School.

At today's award, Major General Haston commended Mize and the three recruits jumped into action, pulling three people from the crash and ultimately saving their lives.

"It was a very deep honor, but I don't believe that I did anything anything that any other soldier male or female wouldn't be willing to do. It's why we wear the uniform," said Sgt. Mize.

Over the past decade seven other Tennessee National Guard soldiers have received this award.

The other three soldiers awarded were all recognized for their efforts to stop an active shooter at the Millington Armory in October of last year.

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