Jessie Carr of Elk Creek was recently recognized with a Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service from the Department of Army. A civilian worker in Afghanistan, Carr was recognized for aiding a choking Waynesville man.

An Elk Creek man who is home on leave from Afghanistan recently received special recognition from the Department of Army.

Jessie R. Carr was honored for his actions during a May 2009 adult leader training at Camp Arrowhead as part of his role as scoutmaster of Troop 99 in Houston. Carr, an Army civilian, performed the Heimlich Maneuver on Tim Diamond, a gunnery sergeant who was choking on a piece of food.

“Mr. Carr’s leadership by example is an inspiration to America’s youth and reflects great credit on him, the U.S. Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and the U.S. Army,” said Martin E. Dempsey, commanding general.

Carr is employed by ManTech International Corp. as a civilian contractor. He recently returned home for 30 days after about 15 months in Afghanistan.

“His swift reaction, calm approach and focused response truly exemplifies the Army’s values of personal courage and duty – a true reflection of an Army civilian,” said Dempsey.


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