Nichole Hannahs

Service before Self Finalists Announced

by Nichole Hannahs on March 23, 2011 at 8:36 am

A Dresden boy who heroically saved the lives of several classmates won’t be among this year’s finalists for the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s Service before Self Awards, but he will still be one of 20 people honored.

Shae Burkhart was a nominee of the award because of his actions on June 2, 2010. The driver of Burkhart’s Tri-Valley bus lost control and crashed into a ditch.

During the crash a utility pole was knocked down and live wires exposed.

Burkhart remained calms and helped those injured and kept others away from the power lines, while borrowing a cell phone to call for help.

A panel of three individuals chose the finalists,  two from Pennsylvania the other a boy scout from Omaha, Nebraska. The awards will be given out Friday as part of National Medal of Honor Day.