Soldier receives Kentucky Medal for Valor from Governor and Adjutant General

Army 2nd Lt. John L. McMahan received the Kentucky Medal for Valor from Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini and Gov. Steve Beshear in Lexington, Feb. 12. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2010) – Governor Beshear today joined Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini in presenting the Kentucky Medal of Valor to 2nd Lt. John L. McMahan.

McMahan was recognized for his actions on Jan. 27, 2010 when he rendered aid to a woman trapped in an overturned vehicle in Lotts Creek in Perry County.  McMahan stood in freezing water for more than half an hour until firefighters arrived to extricate her from her automobile.  He then assisted in bringing her to safety.

The Kentucky Medal for Valor is the highest state decoration which can be awarded to members of the Kentucky National Guard. 2nd Lt. McMahan is the 47th Kentucky Guardsman to have the distinction of having been awarded the Kentucky Medal for Valor.

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