National Guard soldier awarded Utah Cross in ceremony

ST. GEORGE — Heroic actions, decisive judgment and quick and accurate decisions are characteristics given to describe a Utah National Guardsman Sunday as he was presented with a medal for his bravery.

Sgt. Austin Miller, recipient of the Utah Cross, St. George, Utah, January 10, 2016 | Photo by Austin Peck, St. George News
Sgt. Austin Miller, recipient of the Utah Cross, St. George, Utah, January 10, 2016 | Photo by Austin Peck, St. George News

Cedar City resident Sgt. Austin Miller of Bravo Battery 2nd Battalion, 222nd Field Artillery was honored with the Utah Cross at the assembly. The medal was presented to Miller by the Assistant Adjutant General of the Utah National Guard, Brig. Gen. Dallen Atack assisted by Lt. Col. Chris Caldwell of the 222nd.

Miller was traveling to Hurricane from Hildale the night of Sept. 17, 2015, where and  assisting in ongoing search and recovery operations related to a devastating flash flood that coursed through Hildale Sept. 14, ultimately claiming 12 lives and leaving one child still missing.

On his way to Hurricane, Miller witnessed a traffic accident and took charge of the situation, rushing to aid a 14-year-old boy who was critically injured in the accident. The boy was unconscious and choking on his own blood. Miller initiated lifesaving measures clearing the boy’s airway and stayed by the boy’s side until paramedics arrived.


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Brig. Gen. Dallen Atack, Utah National Guard, congratulates a soldier honored at a ceremony Sunday, St. George, Utah, January 10, 2016 | Photo by Austin Peck, St. George News
Brig. Gen. Dallen Atack, Utah National Guard, congratulates a guardsman honored at a ceremony Sunday, St. George, Utah, January 10, 2016 | Photo by Austin Peck, St. George News

“I appreciate it,” Miller said of Sunday’s award. “It’s a great honor to be recognized by the State of Utah for something I did; but like I said, we were all there just doing our jobs. I just happened to be the first one to get there. Anyone else would have done the same thing.”

Other guardsmen were recognized with awards for their work during the Hildale floods. All were brought before the assembled troops and congratulated by the officers present, then applauded by their peers.

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