Utah's Governor, Lawmakers Honor

Two Utah National Guard Soldiers

 

Written by Maj. Hank McIntire

Published March 12, 2006

 

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Chief Warrant Officer Ryan Eyre, 211th Aviation, left, and Sgt. Scott Campbell, 640th RTI, receive the Utah Cross Feb. 23.

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Chief Warrant Officer Ryan Eyre, 211th Aviation, left, and

Sgt. Scott Campbell, 640th RTI, receive the Utah Cross Feb. 23.

SALT LAKE CITY — In a ceremony in the Senate chamber on Utah’s Capitol Hill Feb. 23, two Utah National Guard Soldiers received the Utah Cross award for separate acts of bravery.

Chief Warrant Officer Ryan D. Eyre, 211th Aviation Regiment, and Sgt. Scott R. Campbell, 640th Regional Training Institute, received the medals from Utah National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet.

Utah Senate President John Valentine then presented the two Soldiers with a commendation certificate signed by him and Senators Mark Madsen and Patrice Arent, who represent the home districts of Campbell and Eyre, respectively.

The certificate read in part, “For distinguished performance of critical skills in a crisis situation.”

Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet, right, pins the Utah Cross on Sgt. Scott Campbell at a Utah Senate Chamber ceremony Feb. 23.

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Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet, right, pins the Utah Cross on Sgt. Scott Campbell at a Utah Senate Chamber ceremony Feb. 23.

The Utah Cross is awarded to Utah National Guard Soldiers or Airmen who distinguish themselves through heroism or other acts that are clearly above and beyond the call of duty.

Eyre, a Murray resident, received the award for his role in the rescue of an individual trapped in a burning house Dec. 20. Salt Lake Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeffrey Thomas credited Eyre with saving the life of the victim.

Campbell, who resides in Eagle Mountain, was honored for providing first aid and assisting in the rescue of a trapped motorist on Interstate 80 in northwestern Nevada Jan. 22. 

According to Campbell, one veteran senator told him that the awards ceremony was so moving for her that it was the first time she had ever been brought to tears in the chamber.

Utah Governor Jon. M. Huntsman, Jr., congratulated the award recipients and their families in his office after the ceremony.

Utah Senate President John Valentine, right, congratulates CW3 Ryan Eyre following the Utah Cross award ceremony.

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Utah Senate President John Valentine, right, congratulates

CW3 Ryan Eyre following the Utah Cross award ceremony.

“We appreciate your good service and your commitment to helping others. Well done.” Huntsman told the two Soldiers.

Both were surprised by all the public attention for their acts of heroism.

“I did what anybody else would do. I’ve been serving in the Guard for a long time,” said Eyre. “You just make the obvious decision.”

Campbell was equally modest in his reaction to the notoriety.

 “Anyone in my unit would do what I did,” said Campbell. "When you’re a Soldier and you see a need, you stop and help.”

"I love being a Soldier and serving my state and nation," Campbell added.

 

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Utah Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., left, greets

 the family of Sgt. Scott Campbell.

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Gov. Huntsman, center, poses with CW3 Ryan Eyre

and his family at the State Capitol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gov. Huntsman, right, speaks with CW3 Ryan Eyre, left, and Sgt. Scott Campbell after both Soldiers received the Utah Cross Feb. 23.

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Gov. Huntsman, right, commends CW3 Ryan Eyre for his bravery in rescuing a Salt Lake man from his burning home in December.