Sunday, February 03, 2013

Officer to receive medal for role in jet crash rescue

Nick Beane received the Virginia Beach Police Department's Citizen Life Saving Award on June 8. (Stacy Parker | The Virginian-Pilot)


A petty officer in the Coast Guard is scheduled to be honored for helping the downed pilot to safety and treating him following last April's jet crash in Virginia Beach. 

Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Beane will receive the Meritorious Service Medal at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Northwest Annex in Chesapeake on Tuesday, Feb 5 at 11:30 a.m., according to a Coast Guard press release.

Beane was off duty when the Navy F/A-18 plane crashed into the Mayfair Mews apartment complex in Virginia Beach. He was helping people evacuate the area when he discovered the downed pilot. Beane and another person cut him free of his parachute, dragged him away from the flames from the crash, and treated his wounds.

The Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to members of the military who distinguish themselves by outstanding meritorious achievement or service, the release said.

It is the non-combat counterpart to the Bronze Star.

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