Navy sailor gets medal for helping save Memphis woman’s life

(Courtesy: Navy Office of Community Outreach)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Navy sailor from Indiana has received a medal for helping save the life of a woman involved in a car crash in Memphis.

The Navy’s Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs says Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffery Atherton saw a car flip over several times on Interstate 40 on Aug. 26.

Officials say Atherton pulled over and found a woman who had lost an arm and was unconscious. As he was preparing to try to revive her, the woman regained consciousness. Atherton began calming her down and started to get basic information from her for paramedics.

An off-duty paramedic arrived and took over the care of the woman. Atherton then began directing traffic around the car.

Atherton has been awarded a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.