Two Medals Awarded Today

Compatriots of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter decorated two men from the Trigg County community with much-deserved medals today.

The first award was to Jeff Broadbent, Director of the Pennyroyal Veteran’s Center in Hopkinsville.  Jeff is a resident of Cerulean and a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard.  His work with homeless veterans has had a tremendous impact upon our region.  The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter decorated him with the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal.  Compatriots also encouraged him to make application for membership, since he is a direct descendant of local Patriot Absalom Humphries.

Chapter Vice-President Steve Mallory pins the medal on Mr. Broadbent.

Chapter Vice-President Steve Mallory pins the medal on Mr. Broadbent.

The second award was the Medal for Heroism.  The recipient was Mac Barnes, a 23-year veteran if the infantry in the U.S. Army, now resides in Cadiz and works a t a local factory.  Earlier this year he was present when an industrial accident occurred and a young man received a traumatic, life-threatening injury.  Mr. Barnes took charge of the situation, removed the man from danger, triaged and stabilized him, and maintained care until the medical evacuation helicopter arrived.  Without his rapid response, leadership, and training in battlefield first aid, the young man might have perished or been disabled for life.  Instead, he was evacuated successfully, received emergency surgical care, and survived the event.  He has even returned to work at the plant.

Mr. Barnes is very interested in becoming a SAR member, but his lineage prior to the Civil War has served as a major roadblock.  The investigation continues …

Mac Barnes receives his medal from Compatriot Travis McCloud.

Mac Barnes receives his medal from Compatriot Travis McCloud.

Col. Stephen Trigg Compatriots pose with the medal recipients.

Col. Stephen Trigg Compatriots pose with the medal recipients.

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