Canada honors American soldier for crash heroics

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FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — A soldier stationed at Fort Drum in northern New York is being honored by the Canadian government for rescuing more than two dozen passengers from a burning charter bus after it was rear-ended on an upstate highway in 2011.

The Watertown Daily Times that Staff Sgt. Jacob Perkins of Mountain Grove, Mo., will receive the Medal of Bravery from Canada’s governor general during a ceremony Thursday in Ottawa.

Perkins was headed home on leave in July 2011 when he saw a tractor-trailer hit the rear of a bus on the Thruway in central New York. The bus was taking a group from Ontario, Canada to New York City.

Perkins pulled 26 passengers from the burning bus. All 52 on board survived. The truck driver was the only fatality. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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