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Vermont Guard Member To Receive Soldiers Medal For Skiers' Rescue

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Gov. Phil Scott will award the Soldier's Medal to a Vermont National Guard member who risked his own life in rescuing two lost and injured skiers in Stowe last year.
Sgt. First Class Dustin Dearborn will be honored Friday afternoon at the Army Mountain Warfare School in Jericho for his heroism on Feb. 29 and March 1, 2020.

The Guard says Dearborn responded to a request for aid from the Vermont State Police and risked his own life during multiple ice climbs in freezing conditions in the dark to reach and recover the skiers.

The Guard says the Soldiers Medal is the highest honor a soldier can receive for acts of heroism not involving armed conflict.

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