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E-6 to receive Soldier’s Medal for heroism

Apr. 4, 2013 - 09:51AM   |  
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A soldier from Urbana is getting a medal for heroism after he pulled three family members from a burning car.

Staff Sgt. Mark Rogers will receive a Soldier’s Medal during a special ceremony Thursday in Champaign.

The medal recognizes heroic acts outside of a “direct encounter with an enemy.”

Rogers is getting the medal for smashing a windshield and pulling his wife and two children from the family’s burning car after it was hit by a tractor trailer in 2008. His arm was severely burned.

The 37-year-old is set to receive the medal from Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis.

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