Saving a life is the most honorable act one human being can do for another.
On June 8, 2015, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadet Captain Dayna K. Brown, while working as a lifeguard at the Altus Air Force Base pool, noticed two young swimmers in the deep end of the pool in panic and distress.
The two boys were attempting to stay above water, but in their panic state were pulling on one another, causing them to sink to the bottom.Brown immediately dove into the pool and swam to the bottom, separated the two boys and returned to the surface deck. She then applied her lifeguard saving training skills and post-accident training, saving the lives of the two young men.
Brown was awarded the Air Force JROTC Silver Medal of Valor at a special recognition ceremony at the AAFB movie theatre Wednesday.
”We are proud of Cadet Brown and her life-saving actions,” said Colonel Todd Hahn, 97th Air Mobility Wing commander. “Because of her, two young boys are still alive. Her bravery and selflessness exemplify the core values ingrained in both JROTC cadets and active duty airmen alike.”
Altus Mayor Jack Smiley also proclaimed Wednesday, May 4, 2016 as Dayna K. Brown Day.
Smiley congratulated Brown for her heroic actions that saved two lives and for the way in which she has distinguished herself as an example for her peers, the military community and the private sector.
Brown is a student at Altus High School in the Junior ROTC program supervised by instructor retired Air Force Lt. Col. Edward W. Laverdure.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 .ext 2077.