D-M airmen honored for their actions during October dust storm - Tucson News Now

D-M airmen honored for their actions during October dust storm

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A group of Davis-Monthan airmen will be honored today for helping the victims of a crash where three people were killed and several others injured.

It all happened in late October along I-10 north of Picacho Peak after a severe dust storm hit, causing a 19 car pileup.

Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron will be honored by U.S. Representative Ron Barber for their actions after the October dust storm.

The accident forced that section of the interstate to shut down for more than 10 hours; it also delayed some first responders from getting to the scene.  A group of eight airmen who were on their way back to Davis-Monthan from Eloy were the first on the scene. 

They did not hesitate to jump into action, pulling victims from cars, bringing people to safety, doing everything they could to help local law enforcement.  Three people were killed in the crash and several others injured. 

House Representative Barber released a statement saying ‘These brave airmen embody the qualities that make out military great, selfless service, initiative and personal courage." 

The airmen who helped that day will be given a Congressional Recognition award later this morning. 

Tucson News Now got a chance to speak with several of the airmen after the crash, they stated they were just doing what the situation called for; they also stated their military training helped them work alongside the other paramedics and law enforcement that day.

Stay with Tucson News Now for more on this story this morning.

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