- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) - A member of the Army National Guard is being awarded New York state’s highest military award for heroism for coming to the aid of two teenagers who were shot on a Syracuse street last fall.

Twenty-eight-year-old Staff Sgt. Marlana Watson will receive the New York State Medal of Valor during a ceremony being held Wednesday morning at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Farmingdale on Long Island.

The Binghamton native was living in Syracuse when she heard gunfire outside her home on the night of Nov. 5. She rushed outside and found two teenage boys suffering from gunshot wounds. Watson administered emergency medical care while directing bystanders to give assistance.

Watson is an Army medic who served in Afghanistan. She lives in Lindenhurst on Long Island, where she’s serving as an Army National Guard recruiter.

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