- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas National Guard member will be honored next week for helping save a woman from a burning house in Wichita two years ago.

Tech. Sgt. Shawn A. Rucker will receive the Airman’s Medal from Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the Kansas adjutant general. The ceremony will take place Monday at McConnell Air Force Base.

Rucker serves with the Guard’s 184th Intelligence Wing. Officials say he was driving home the night of Nov. 24, 2012, when he noticed a large plume of smoke and followed it to a house partly engulfed in flames.

Two people were on the porch, but a woman was still inside. Rucker and one of the homeowners found her asleep in the basement and carried her to safety.

The Airman’s Medal is awarded for heroic, dangerous actions that don’t involve combat.

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