Advisors from 5th SFAB Pose with the Washington State Patrol
Advisors from 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade pose with Troopers from the Washington State Patrol following an awards ceremony to recognize the life saving actions of these soldiers in September 2021 in Grays Harbor County, Washington.

The ceremony took place at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, Mar. 29, 2022. (Photo Credit: Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)
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JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (March 29, 2022) — Five Advisors with the 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade were recognized today as recipients of the Washington State Patrol Life Saving Award, March 29, 2022, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington.

Washington State Patrol Capt. James Mjor, the District Eight Commander, presented the award to U.S. Army Capt. Seamus Bradley, Command Sgt. Maj. Dario D. Gundersen, 1st Sgt. Gerado Moran, Staff Sgt. Richard Lawson, and Sgt. Lonnie R. Williams, of the 5th SFAB in honor of their responsiveness to a serious traffic collision and subsequent vehicle fire which they encountered on Sept. 16, 2021 in Grays Harbor County, Washington.

“My Soldiers and I saw people smashing car windows trying to extract somebody,” said U.S. Army Capt. Seamus Bradley, a physician assistant officer with 6th Battalion, 5th SFAB.

The Advisors had just finished a week-long validation training in Camp Rilea, Oregon, and were driving back to JBLM, when they arrived at the scene of the collision.

Capt. Seamus Bradley, Physician's Assistant, 6th Battalion, 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade, provides lifesaving assistance to an injured motorist following a vehicle accident, Sept. 16, 2021 in Grays Harbor County, Washington.  Bradley was recognized on Mar. 29, 2022 with a Lifesaving Award from the Washington State Patrol for his actions.
Capt. Seamus Bradley, Physician's Assistant, 6th Battalion, 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade, provides lifesaving assistance to an injured motorist following a vehicle accident, Sept. 16, 2021 in Grays Harbor County, Washington. Bradley was recognized on Mar. 29, 2022 with a Lifesaving Award from the Washington State Patrol for his actions. (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL

“We immediately pulled over to assess the situation,” Bradley said. “I grabbed my aide bag to run and offer medical assistance. There was a passenger trapped in the pickup truck. As my Soldiers started to secure the scene, I was rendering medical aid to the passenger.”

The accident victim, Montanna Driver, admits that she does not remember everything from that day, but that she does remember Bradley coaching her through the earliest moments of the chaos.

I Corps Commander Congratulates Lifesaving Soldiers at JBLM
U.S. Army I Corps Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Xavier Brunson recognizes Capt. Seamus Bradley, 6th Battalion, 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade Physician's Assistant, during an awards ceremony recognizing five U.S. Army Soldiers at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Mar. 29. 2022.

The Soldiers were recognized with a Washington State Patrol Lifesaving Award for their actions assisting a motorist in distress in Sept. 2021. (Photo Credit: Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)
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“To the courageous men standing in front of me, I want to thank you for the huge impact you have made in saving my life,” Driver said. “I admire you all for doing everything that day to save me. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don't think about that.”

When Washington State Patrol arrived on the scene they were met by Command Sgt. Maj. Dario D. Gundersen, 6th Battalion, 5th SFAB.

“The Army trains Soldiers in the fundamentals of emergency management,” Gundersen said. “ I am proud of how we functioned together and glad we came around that corner when we did.”

The 5th SFAB Deputy Commander presents certificate to Washington State Patrol
The 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade Deputy Commander, Col. Andrew Watson presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Washington State Patrol District Eight Commander, Capt. James Mjor for the department's diligent efforts to recognize five 5th SFAB Advisors who rendered life saving aid to a motorist in Sept. 2021.

The lifesaving award ceremony occurred Mar. 29, 2022 at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington. (Photo Credit: Courtesy)
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The Washington State Patrol Life Saving Award is for citizens, employees, and or other law enforcement officers who take lifesaving action toward another person.

The 5th SFAB Advisors represent the top tier of U.S. Army Soldiers as SFAB Advisors are assessed and selected for SFAB service on a volunteer basis and only after careful vetting based on past performance and experience.

“These five Soldiers displayed humility through their actions,” said Captain James Mjor, commander of Washington State Patrol District 8.

WSP Senior Leader Addresses Audience During Lifesaving Award Ceremony
Washington State Patrol District Eight Commander, Capt. James Mjor addresses an audience of U.S. Army Soldiers during a lifesaving award ceremony at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, Mar. 29, 2022.

During the ceremony, five U.S. Army Soldiers were recognized for saving the life of a motorist in Grays Harbor County, Washington in Sept. 2021. (Photo Credit: Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)
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“They served our nation and our citizen on that day and continue to wear the uniform 365 just like we do.”