The following is a release from Capt. Jason Sweeney, California National Guard:
Pfc. Jesse Hernandez doesn’t think of himself as a hero, but just about everyone else does, especially 42 people who escaped from a burning charter bus after Hernandez forced open the bus’s jammed door.
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Hernandez’s actions resulted in television news reports, a press conference and congratulations from his coworkers at his civilian job and Soldiers in his unit. His heroics spread across social media. He even received a call from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
“Everybody was more excited about it than I was,” Hernandez said. “I don’t see myself any different.”
Hernandez, 25, is a rifleman for the California National Guard’s D Company (Weapons), 1st Battalion, 160th Infantry Regiment, out of San Pedro. On the civilian side, he works as a custody assistant for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at the North County Correctional Facility.
On the evening of Oct. 18, Hernandez was driving to work on westbound State Route 60 in Hacienda Heights when traffic began to slow. He saw smoke coming from a charter bus, which was blocking the No. 3 and 4 lanes. Fire was coming out …Read the Rest
Source:: Tactical Life