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Sgt. Matthew Sims, center, 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment received the Soldier's Medal for rescuing four people from a head-on collision in April, 2003.
Sgt. Matthew Sims, center, 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment received the Soldier's Medal for rescuing four people from a head-on collision in April, 2003. (Courtesy of U.S. Army)

BAMBERG, Germany — A soldier from the 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment earned the Soldier’s Medal — the highest medal awarded for noncombat heroics — last week for his actions following an April 27, 2003, car accident on B22.

Sgt. Matthew Sims was driving to Würzburg on B22 when he saw two vehicles collide head-on. Both vehicles were traveling about 60 mph.

A person was ejected from one of the vehicles and died at the scene, but Sims assessed the condition of the three other passengers of that vehicle. All were conscious and stable.

Sims then pulled an elderly couple from the other vehicle, which had caught fire. The male driver was unconscious but breathing. His wife was not breathing and had no pulse.

Sims performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until a German ambulance crew arrived, and the woman was revived.

The Soldier’s Medal is awarded to a person who distinguishes himself by heroism not involving conflict with an enemy. The act must have involved personal danger and the voluntary risk of life, according to Army Regulation 600-8-22, Military Awards.

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