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Soldier’s Medal awarded to Col. Spain for helping injured after Boston bombing

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Just over a year after the city of Boston was rocked to its core by a terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon, Col. Everett Spain, 43, was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for his heroic efforts that day.

Spain, who maintains that “any military member” would have done the same thing, used his clothing as tourniquets to save the lives of two severely injured people near the finish line. He then accompanied another victim, in shock and suffering from burns and open wounds, to the hospital.

He humbly remarked at the presentation ceremony that he was" moving toward the smoke" because of…

…“the values deliberately imprinted on me by my faith, my family, my friends, my mentors, the many character-building institutions I've been privileged to be associated with, and our American spirit.”

Ron Brassard, one of the wounded Col. Spain assisted that day attended the Soldier’s Medal presentation to honor and thank his new-found friend.

The Soldier’s Medal is the Army’s highest non-combat valor award.

The criteria for the medal are:

"The Soldier's Medal is awarded to any person of the Armed Forces of the United States or of a friendly foreign nation who, while serving in any capacity with the Army of the United States distinguished himself or herself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy."

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