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Sheppard instructor receives Commendation Medal for heroism

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  • By Airman 1st Class Katie McKee
  • 82nd TRW Public Affairs

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Tech. Sgt. Dylan Jarvis, 365th Training Squadron instructor supervisor, received the Air and Space Commendation Medal for heroism on Jan. 9, 2023, here after preventing a suicide last March.

Jarvis became a hero after he noticed a woman clinging to the edge of a bridge, ran across a four-lane highway and saved her life. 

“There’s not really a thought process. I immediately started sprinting across the four-lane freeway to get to her,” said Jarvis. “She was already over the railing trying to jump into the main highway.”

“When I got her back over the ledge, we sat down and talked about her life, kids and what was ahead for her future,” said Jarvis. Once I built that rapport, we carefully walked back across the freeway where my wife was speaking with emergency services.”

Jarvis’ selfless actions reflect who he is as a person, but also who he is as an Airman as he supervises and instructs junior enlisted Airmen.

“I told them I want to be the change in the Air Force,” said Jarvis. “I want to make things better in the Air Force rather than just complain because I care about the people.”

Maj. John De Laura, 365th TRS Commander, presented the medal for Jarvis' actions.