Staff Sgt. Nigel C. Archer, Jr., displayed quick thinking, exemplary leadership and heroism while responding to an accident near Comayagua, Honduras. While stationed at Soto Cano Air Base with the 612th Air Base Squadron, Archer noticed fresh tire skid marks disappearing from the road. He realized that a vehicle had driven off the roadway after being involved in a collision. Jumping into action, Archer slid down the 50-foot wet embankment, where he discovered an overturned van with a family of local Hondurans trapped inside.
Archer immediately secured the scene to begin extracting the victims out of the vehicle. Despite a language barrier, he created an expedient rescue plan and directed others to call for emergency help. Archer assessed the victims’ injuries to help paramedics, even placing an improvised splint on a victim’s broken arm. He then aided with transportation, moving the injured victims up the hill and out of the rain. Archer’s lifesaving actions directly contributed to the recovery of all nine passengers.
Archer currently serves with the U.S. Air Force’s 728th Air Mobility Squadron and is from Havelock, North Carolina.
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