Guard Helicopter Crew to be Presented Arkansas Cross Medal for Heroism

- CAMP ROBINSON, AR- An Arkansas National Guard Helicopter crew were presented the Arkansas Military Cross Medal for outstanding airmanship and heroism.

The crew of an Arkansas National Guard Black Hawk helicopter designated "Dustoff 458" conducted search and recovery operations during deadly flooding.

The Arkansas Military Cross is the second highest award for heroism that can be presented to members of the Arkansas National Guard for gallant service involving voluntary risk of life or limb to protect the life of another person, or mission designed to lessen the threat to life, health and safety of others.
The crew of "Dustoff 458" responded to a call for aerial search and rescue/recovery from the Scott County Judge, following reports that Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter and Arkansas Game & Fish Wildlife Enforcement Officer Joel Campora had gone missing during a high-water rescue mission on May 30, 2013.
During the two-day mission searching the raging flood waters of the Fourche La Fave River near Y-City in southwestern Arkansas, the Guardsmen assisted in rescuing two searchers and locating or recovering the bodies of the missing law enforcement officers.

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