Alaska sergeant getting Soldier's Medal for fishing rescue
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 8, 2016
An Army staff sergeant serving in Alaska will receive the highest honor a soldier can be awarded for an act of valor in a non-combat situation during a ceremony Friday.
Joshaua J. Schneiderman, with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, will be awarded the Soldier’s Medal at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Frontier Theater for his actions in saving a fisherman from drowning in the Copper River on June 14, 2014, according to an Army statement.
Schneiderman, his family and coworkers were at Copper River dip-netting sockeye salmon from the fast-flowing, frigid waters. After seeing another angler being swept downriver, Schneiderman ran to his truck to get a life vest, raced back to the river and tossed it to the man. He then jumped into the river and, with his waders filling with water, fought the current to grab the man and pull him to shore, the statement said.
The Soldier’s Medal, created by an act of Congress in 1926, is awarded for distinguished heroism not involving conflict with an enemy. The performance must have involved personal hazard or danger and the voluntary risk of life.