FORT HOOD, Texas –
It was just another day for the Walls
family; a day like any other, when a
quick decision saved the life of a
Staff Sgt. Mark Walls, the
Regimental Non-Commissioned Officer in
Charge of 3d Cavalry Regiment’s command
group, and his wife Erika did not know
they would save Spc. Christopher
Sweeney, a Soldier assigned to 85th
Civil Affairs Brigade, who suffered from
a mild-seizure while driving down T.J.
The couple was
awarded an Army Commendation Medal and a
Certificate of Appreciation by the
Regimental Commander, Col. John
Richardson, for their heroic decision to
act in the face of danger Nov. 21 in the
Robertson conference room of the
Walls first became
aware of a problem when he noticed the
vehicle in front of him swerving up onto
the curb. As they approached the
vehicle, Mrs. Walls saw that Sweeney was
shaking violently and from her
veterinary training she knew he was
having a seizure.
In keeping with the
Army value of selfless service, the
couple decided to take action by driving
in front of Sweeney’s vehicle and
forcing it into the back of their
vehicle. Walls was able to guide both
vehicles safely to the side of the road,
stopping Sweeney’s vehicle.
“We just knew we
had to get him stopped,” said Mrs.
Walls. “He could have hurt more people.”
services where in route, Walls kept
Sweeney calm as Mrs. Walls checked his
vital signs. Sweeney was then taken to
the hospital and soon released.
thinks about what would have happened if
Walls had not been there. He most likely
would have had a very serious collision
resulting in lives lost; either
Sweeney’s or a passerby.
“I probably would
not be here today if not for Walls,”
said Sweeney. “I could have injured
someone, and I was extremely happy he
was there and did what he did.”
“We just try to help people,
everyone in the Army is a Soldier and we
try to save lives,” said Walls.
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