Navy Recognizes Sailor’s Lifesaving Efforts
On Columbus Day, Master-at-Arms 1st Class (SW/AW) Michael Sanders, from the USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) helped save three children and their mother from an overturned minivan following a collision in Chula Vista, Calif.
This week, MA1 Sanders was recognized during an awards ceremony aboard the ship for his heroic efforts as a first responder. Sanders received a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal from Vice Adm. Tom Copeman, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Both Sanders and his wife, who were out jogging when they discovered the traffic accident, said they won’t soon forget the events of that day. The minivan collided with a San Diego Metropolitan Transit System special needs vehicle, sending five people to the hospital.
A 10-year Navy veteran, Sanders credits his Navy training for knowing what to do in an emergency situation.