Staff sergeant credited with saving civilians in Chattanooga

HERMITAGE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A staff sergeant is being recognized for saving the lives of two civilians during the attack at the Chattanooga recruitment center.

Air Force Staff Sergeant Siwula was honored during a change of command ceremony held at The Hermitage Wednesday morning.

Staff Sgt. Siwula is credited with saving two applicants who were inside the center when Muhammad Youssef Abdualazeez opened fire outside the military recruitment center July 16.

During the attack, Staff Sgt. Siwula used his training to safely lead the two civilians out the back door and down an embankment, where they took shelter at a machine shop and called local police.

As investigators processed the scene, Staff Sgt. Siwula’s office was found to have been struck with 14 rounds from an AK-47, striking areas where he and the two applicants were sitting.

Command of the 332nd Recruiting Squadron of the U.S. Air Force was transferred from Lieutenant Colonel Richard Mendez to Lieutenant Colonel Assad Samad at the ceremony.

The 332nd Recruiting Squadron has 81 active duty personnel in eight states, including Tennessee.

Click here for complete coverage on the Chattanooga shooting.

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