- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota National Guard soldier has been honored for the help he provided to a victim of a car crash on Interstate 90.

Sgt. Nathan Darrach, of Sturgis, has received the Guard’s Medal for Valor. Darrach witnessed the three-vehicle collision near Summerset in February and immediately stopped to help out.

Darrach rushed to check on 59-year-old Darrol Birk, of Rapid City, whose right food was badly injured and couldn’t get out of his truck, which had caught on fire. Darrach and another person forced open the vehicle’s door and took Birk to safety.

Birk is a retired U.S. Army first sergeant. He says Darrach “is the kind of solider” he would want with him in combat.

Darrach says “it feels great” to have had the chance to help Birk.

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