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Grady EMS Paramedic Greg Hanthorn has been presented with the Medal of Valor – the highest award the state can present to a member of the Georgia State Defense Force – for his bravery while on duty with the Georgia Department of Defense.
To earn the Medal of Valor, a soldier must distinguish themselves by courageous conduct at the risk of their life, above and beyond the call of duty, while in service of the State.
Hanthorn, along with three other members of the Defense Force, received a medal for extraordinary bravery in saving a life in 2011. A young man attending the Big Shanty Festival in Kennesaw became trapped on a railroad track. With the train approaching, Hanthorn and his team successfully freed the man just 15 seconds before the train passed.
“I am honored to have been recognized for serving the state and privileged to have worked with the three other personnel who were on duty that day,” said Hanthorn.
According to the Georgia Department of Defense, Hanthorn represents the true nature of a citizen soldier as he serves in natural disasters and emergencies as both a member of the Defense Force and a Grady EMS paramedic.
“Our service members give of themselves and think of others before themselves, at almost every occasion. Presenting the Medal of Valor demonstrates that the State of Georgia honors this commitment and this sacrifice, as seen in such exceptional acts of courage,” said presenting officer Captain Hayden Collins.