Trump Awards California Guardsmen ‘Patriots’ Who Rescued More Than 200 Trapped By Wildfire

Trump Awards California Guardsmen ‘Patriots’ Who Rescued More Than 200 Trapped By Wildfire


As wildfires blaze across California and Oregon, President Trump awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, “a military decoration that recognizes heroism and extraordinary achievement,” to seven of California’s National Guard who risked their lives to save others from a large wildfire.

“Our nation is strong because of remarkable individuals like these service members,” President Trump said. “In the midst of our greatest trials and biggest challenges, America prevails because of the brave and selfless patriots who risk everything.”

Last week, Chief Warrant Officers Joseph Rosamond, Kipp Goding, Irvin Hernandez, Brady Hlebain, Ge Xiong, and Sergeants George Esquivel and Cameron Powell of the Guard flew a CH-47 Chinook helicopter and a UH-60 Black Hawk into the Mammoth Lake Reservoir in the Sierra National Forest to rescue campers surrounded by one of California’s raging wildfires.

Dozens of evacuees are evacuated to safety on a Cal Guard Chinook last night after the Creek Fire in central California left them stranded. Photo courtesy

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