JROTC cadet to get Medal for Heroism
The Hillsborough County School Board will pause today to honor East Bay High School senior Alec Leslie for helping save the life of a man badly hurt in a crash.
Leslie, a cadet private first class in the JROTC program at East Bay High, gave first aid to Brian McNutt on Oct. 18 after a one-car crash on Interstate 75, near Big Bend Road. School administrators say Leslie drew on his JROTC training to keep McNutt, who suffered broken ribs, a broken back and collapsed lungs, alive until paramedics arrived. Later, Leslie stayed in touch with McNutt and visited him during his recovery, which has included several surgeries.
For his actions, Leslie will receive the ROTC Medal for Heroism, the highest Army medal awarded to Army ROTC cadets and one rarely awarded by Cadet Command. It will be presented by retired Army Brig. Gen. Hector E. Pagan.