A Humble Hero Saves the Day

Updated: Jul 20, 2020

Today's joyful news is that a humble soldier was just helping, heroically:

From Jozsef Papp's piece for the Augusta Chronicle:

Fort Gordon soldier’s heroic act saves family trapped in vehicle Fort Gordon Spc. Joshua Bolden doesn’t consider himself a hero after saving a mother and two children from a flipped vehicle after an accident Wednesday.

“It was just second nature to me. I was just helping. It wasn’t like I was trying to be heroic,” Bolden said. “It was just something that you should do, you should help. That is just something everybody should do.”

Bolden, who is part of the 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon, was on his way to pick up his son from the boy’s grandparents home when someone ran a red light, causing a three-vehicle accident in which one of the vehicles flipped on its side on Wheeler Road near Interstate 20. Bolden, 19, quickly jumped into action to help.

My first reaction was, ’go help out. When I got to the car, the woman told me she had two kids in the back. I couldn’t find the little daughter at first because she was hanging upside down on her car seat. The son immediately unstrapped and he came to me,” he said. “There were a couple of people outside waiting to help, so as soon as I pulled him out of the car, I passed him off and proceeded to look for the daughter. Since she was upside down, it was kind of hard for me to unstrap her while she was suspended in the air.”

After pulling everyone to safety and knowing paramedics were on the way, Bolden quietly left the scene. His superiors didn’t know about the incident until the next day.

Bravo, Specialist Bolden!

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