BAGHDAD — A news cameraman who saved a U.S. Marine’s life in Afghanistan in 2003 has been awarded the Navy’s second highest honor given to civilians.
Chris Jackson, who was working for FOX News in August 2003, was presented with the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award last week in a ceremony on Camp Victory, Iraq.
Jackson was embedded with the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines when a Humvee in which he was riding hit 50 pounds of homemade explosives, according to military officials. Three Marines were able to get out of the burning Humvee, but the vehicle commander, Sgt. Courtney Rauch, had been knocked unconscious.
Jackson, who had suffered shrapnel wounds in the attack, moved back to the vehicle and pulled Rauch out to safety.
Marine Maj. Gen. Paul Lefebvre, deputy commander of Multi-National Corps-Iraq, presented Jackson with the award.