Craig F. Tscherne of New York City today became the newest inductee in The Citadel's Arland D. Williams Society, which recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through community service.
Arland D. Williams, Citadel Class of 1957, is the ultimate example of service to others: He gave his life in the icy waters of the Potomac River in 1982 trying to save five fellow passengers aboard Air Florida flight 90 after it crashed. The society was created in 2000. Tscherne is the 13th to be inducted.
Tscherne, who graduated in 1994, distinguished himself Jan. 10, 2004, in a selfless act when he placed himself in harms way to protect two fellow passengers in a 1936 Rolls Royce. Tscherne, who had served as best man in a wedding, placed himself over the bride and matron of honor when the driver of the car told them that the vehicle's brakes had failed. The antique car had no seatbelts.
There were no deaths, but Tscherne suffered severe injuries in the accident that resulted. He spent four weeks in the hospital. He is still undergoing physical therapy as well as reconstructive surgery.
Additionally, Tscherne is working to raise funds to support the children of Citadel graduates killed in action in the war on terror.
Mike Rogers, director of The Citadel Alumni Association, said he is proud to recognize Tscherne.
Tscherne embodies all those values that the college instills in its graduates-service
to others," he said.