Cadet Medal of Valor will be awarded to four students
Heroic actions saved lives of Navy sailor and College of Charleston student
Four Citadel students will be awarded the Cadet Medal of Valor on Thursday, May 3, for life-saving actions in two separate incidents that occurred 10 days apart this month.
Christian Mundy, Jarrod Branch, Byron Addison and Denzel Grant will receive their medals and will be recognized at the annual Commencement Week Awards Convocation on Thursday, May 3.
The Cadet Medal of Valor was first awarded in 1999. It recognizes cadets that have distinguished themselves by acts of heroism that result in an accomplishment so exceptional or outstanding and/or involve danger or extraordinary responsibility so as to set them apart.
“I am proud to recognize these cadets for their heroic actions,” said college President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa (USAF retired). “Their quick thinking and caring leadership saved the lives of two people. Each of these young men is a credit to the Corps of Cadets and The Citadel.”
The first Cadet Medal for Valor goes to Mundy, a junior in Lima Company and the rising Third Battalion Athletic Officer.
On April 4, Mundy was at Marion Square with friends when a young man playing football collapsed, appearing to have a seizure. When Mundy reached the College of Charleston student, the young man was unresponsive, grey in color with blue lips and his eyes had rolled back. Mundy immediately started CPR, continuing until medical personnel arrived. Doctors told the CofC student’s family that had it not been for the CPR given by Mundy, the student would have died. The young man has since been released from a local hospital.
Charleston on April 14 when they saw what appeared to be two men arguing. One man ran away and the other, a Navy sailor, collapsed on the pavement, prompting the three cadets to help the fallen sailor. The cadets discovered that the sailor had been stabbed and was suffering from a massive, life-threatening injury to his abdomen.
Branch, a junior Army ROTC contract cadet in Bravo Company, applied pressure to the man’s abdomen while Addison, a senior football player from Bravo Company, went in search of a police officer. Grant, a senior and platoon leader in Charlie Company, helped Branch by keeping the sailor calm and talking. After the sailor was transported to the hospital, the cadets were able to give Charleston police a description of a suspect that resulted in an arrest.
During the annual Commencement Week Awards Convocation more than 100 cadets and active duty military students will be recognized for outstanding achievements during the 2011-2012 academic year.
The convocation is one of several activities leading up to commencement for the Corps of Cadets and Graduate College on Saturday, May 5.