CAMP MURRAY, Wash. -- A Washington Army National Guardsman that saved a pregnant woman and her 2-year-old son after they drove off the road in December will receive an award from heroism Friday night.
SSG Jason Fox, a guardsman with B Co. 1-161st Infantry stationed in Moses Lake, was returning home from drill on December 8 when he saw the car in front of him flip off Highway 17 near Oroville. Fox stopped and found Julie Ward, who was 26-weeks pregnant, and her son hanging upside down in their car.
SSG Fox removed the back window of the vehicle and assessed them both for injuries. SSG Fox directed the next car that came by to get into cell phone range and call 911. He then returned to the car and spent 40 minutes with Ward and her son as they waited for authorities.
“SSG Fox exemplifies the true spirit of the National Guard – and that’s neighbors helping neighbors,” said Major General Bret D. Daugherty, the adjutant general and commander of the Washington National Guard.
Ward wrote a letter to the Washington National Guard Public Affairs Office describing SSG Fox as a “guardian angel” and credited him for saving her life and her children’s.
The ceremony begins at 6:30 at the Moses Lake Armory.