Former staff sergeant Jeffery Aldana’s young son wanted to go to the beach before his dad deployed to Southwest Asia for six months in April.
That’s how the then-security forces airman at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., ended up at the scene of a crash that might have taken the life of a Charleston, S.C., police officer — if not for Aldana’s quick action.
The family was headed back from the beach after dark when they came upon officer Wes Foster, who was directing traffic from an earlier accident.
“I was looking for direction,” Aldana recalled. “I was staring at him the whole time. Not even two minutes after that, I saw the SUV approaching.”
It never slowed down, he said. The vehicle struck the officer head-on.
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