SYRACUSE, New York — A New York Army National Guard soldier and six civilians are being honored for rescuing a National Guard officer from a fiery vehicle crash on the Thruway last year.
Sgt. John Tirinato of Castleton will receive the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal during a ceremony being held Saturday afternoon at the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team headquarters in Syracuse.
Six civilians — four from the Syracuse area, one from Connecticut and one from Toronto — will also receive the medal.
They're being recognized for their heroism after Capt. Timothy Neild of Wynantskill crashed his pickup truck into a Thruway overpass in DeWitt. The seven helped pull the Afghanistan war veteran from the burning wreck.
An eighth rescuer — Sgt. 1st Class Ray Presley of the National Guard — was awarded a medal last spring.
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