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Mark Jordan shares a moment with his dad, Lt. Col. Mike Jordan, 14th Fighter Squadron commander, after receiving the Boy Scouts' Medal of Merit at a scout ceremony Tuesday night at Misawa Air Base, Japan.
Mark Jordan shares a moment with his dad, Lt. Col. Mike Jordan, 14th Fighter Squadron commander, after receiving the Boy Scouts' Medal of Merit at a scout ceremony Tuesday night at Misawa Air Base, Japan. (Jennifer H. Svan / S&S)
Mark Jordan shares a moment with his dad, Lt. Col. Mike Jordan, 14th Fighter Squadron commander, after receiving the Boy Scouts' Medal of Merit at a scout ceremony Tuesday night at Misawa Air Base, Japan.
Mark Jordan shares a moment with his dad, Lt. Col. Mike Jordan, 14th Fighter Squadron commander, after receiving the Boy Scouts' Medal of Merit at a scout ceremony Tuesday night at Misawa Air Base, Japan. (Jennifer H. Svan / S&S)
Mark Jordan, left, and twin brother Matthew Jordan received the Medal of Merit from the Boy Scouts of America Tuesday for saving the life of 8-year-old Nicky Cullen last year at Misawa Air Base, Japan.
Mark Jordan, left, and twin brother Matthew Jordan received the Medal of Merit from the Boy Scouts of America Tuesday for saving the life of 8-year-old Nicky Cullen last year at Misawa Air Base, Japan. (Jennifer H. Svan / S&S)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Eight-year-old twins who saved the life of a neighbor girl last year received one of the highest honors from the Boy Scouts of America at a special ceremony here Tuesday night.

Mark and Matthew Jordan pinned on the Medal of Merit in front of their Pack 18 fellow scouts at Sollars Elementary School.

The award is bestowed for exceptional service that significantly impacts others, according to the Boy Scouts, and is the second highest a scout can receive, after the Honor Medal.

On Nov. 3, the twins acted fast to save the life of 8-year-old Nicky Cullen. Cullen’s bicycle helmet was caught on a piece of playground equipment, cutting off her breathing. Matthew dislodged the helmet while Mark ran to get help.

The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America approved the medals for the Jordan twins, officials said.

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