Fort Knox Soldier to Be Honored for Fiery Truck Rescue

Soldiers and civilians joined together in May 2018 to recreate a historic Fort Knox photo as part of the base's centennial celebration. (U.S. Army photo/Renee Rhodes)
Soldiers and civilians joined together in May 2018 to recreate a historic Fort Knox photo as part of the base's centennial celebration. (U.S. Army photo/Renee Rhodes)

FORT KNOX, Ky. — A Fort Knox soldier who rescued a man from a tractor-trailer engulfed in flames is receiving a high military honor.

Sgt. 1st Class Mario King rescued the man along a highway in Rockcastle County on Mother's Day. The truck had jackknifed, turned over and burst into flames when King entered the cabin and pulled the driver out.

King is a career adviser with U.S. Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox. He will be given the Soldier's Medal at a ceremony on Sept. 7. The Army says the award is the highest peacetime medal that the secretary of the Army can bestow upon a soldier.

The truck driver, Doug Bowling, will speak at the ceremony. Bowling suffered broken ribs and smoke inhalation, and King was not injured.

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