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National Guardsman Honored for Saving 14 People in Floods

June 24, 2016: Road signs in Elkview, W.Va., are surrounded by water from a flood that stranded hundreds in their homes. The West Virginia National Guard participated in rescue efforts. (Sam Owens/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
June 24, 2016: Road signs in Elkview, W.Va., are surrounded by water from a flood that stranded hundreds in their homes. The West Virginia National Guard participated in rescue efforts. (Sam Owens/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A member of the West Virginia National Guard has been recognized for saving the lives of more than 14 people during one night of the state's historic flooding last year.

WOAY-TV reports that Sgt. Zachary Mills received the Division of Natural Resources Meritorious Service Medal on Sept. 22.

Natural Resources Lt. Dennis K. Feazell said Mills and his partner, Natural Resources Sgt. Chris Lester, were called out on June 23, 2016 to White Sulphur Springs, as hundreds of people were stranded at their homes in one of the most heavily impacted areas in West Virginia.

Mills said he was just doing his job as part of the swift water rescue team. He has been with the West Virginia National Guard for 12 years, including deployments to Iraq and Kuwait.
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Information from: WOAY-TV, http://www.woay.com

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