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Soldier injured while saving comrade

Heroic acts by soldiers can happen off of the battlefield, too.

Staff Sgt. Larry Teakell will be honored at a ceremony today for saving the life of another soldier when she was engulfed in flames during a generator refueling accident.

Teakell will be awarded the Soldier's Medal, presented to any U.S. service member for heroism not involving combat.

He was nominated for the award for his actions on July 18 in Iraq.

He tackled the soldier in an attempt to smother the flames, but the fire kept reigniting because of a large amount of fuel sprayed on her. He first used a uniform top and then his bare hands to extinguish the flames. As a result, he suffered second-degree burns.

Once the fire was out, he helped the soldier to an aid station and stayed with her until she was evacuated to a field hospital. He refused medical treatment until she was evacuated.

Teakell is assigned to the headquarters troop of 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment. The unit is part of the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigate Combat Team), which returned home in September after serving 15 months in Iraq.

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