On May 31, Sara Anne Cerne, 22, unselfishly took immediate action to render aid to four victims of a severe collision between a tractor-trailer and an SUV. While fire crews worked to free the trapped passengers using the Jaws of Life, Cerne climbed into the wrecked vehicle to treat any life-threatening injuries. After performing first aid on the driver, the Army firefighter quickly turned her attention to a 7-year-old boy who was pinned inside the crushed vehicle. Crew members freed crash victims from the wreckage and medics on the scene immediately provided care.
The actions of Cerne, a Michigan native, showed her dedication to duty and exemplified courage under dangerous and stressful conditions.