Rude is one of 220 New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assigned to the Joint Multinational Training Group in Ukraine. He received an Army Commendation Medal during a ceremony on December 16 in Yavoriv, Ukraine.
Rude belongs to the 2nd Battalion 101st Cavalry, which is headquartered at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.
The Army Commendation Medal is awarded to Soldiers who have distinguished themselves by extraordinary achievement or significant meritorious service.
During a trip to Lviv, the Soldiers came across a man unconscious in the street. Rude and the other two Soldiers quickly assessed the situation and took action, administered CPR to the incapacitated man and kept back the gathering crowd of onlookers.
The three Soldiers continued to render aid until an ambulance crew arrived on scene and took over the patient's care.
Col. Dennis Deeley, the training group commander, presented the awards during a ceremony at Ukraine's Yavoriv Combat Training Center.
The Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Deeley's training team are responsible for assisting in the training of Ukrainian Army troops at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center. The Soldiers mobilized in October and took over the mission from an Oklahoma Army National Guard team on Nov. 22.To view these members click here: http://dmna-ny.meritpages.com/achievements/Sgt-James-Rude-a-Parish-resident-receives-award-for-helping-Ukrainian-man/83024