A New York National Guard member has been awarded with the state’s highest military honor for his actions after a crash involving his captain outside Syracuse last year.

According to the Associated Press, Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented the Medal of Valor to Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Presley III of North Syracuse during the Veterans and Military Families Summit in Albany.

Presley, 48, a tractor-trailer driver when he is not working for the National Guard, was driving on the New York State Thruway last December when Army National Guard Capt. Timothy Neild of Wyantskill drove his pickup truck into a bridge abutment. Presley and several others rescued him from the wreckage before the truck exploded.

Both men serve in the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, which is based in Syracuse.

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