Nine Heroes Among Us recognized by Wyoming National Guard


CHEYENNE – Nine Wyoming National Guard members were recognized as the Wyoming Military Department’s Heroes Among Us for 2018.

The awards were distributed Oct. 13, during the annual Governor’s Reception, in Cheyenne. The Heroes Among Us Award recognizes heroic efforts of Wyoming Military Department personnel who assist fellow citizens outside the scope of their military duties.

The 2018 recipients are:

  • Wyoming Air National Guard Master Sgt. Jennifer Ballenger and Tech. Sgt. Jason Chapin, of Cheyenne, for their efforts to provide CPR in November 2017 as the first people arriving on a scene of a one-car accident east of Cheyenne.
  • Wyoming Army National Guard Spc. Kevin Miller, of Greybull, for his assistance with a one-car rollover near the Wind River tunnels with six injured persons, in July.
  • Wyoming Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Sterling Law, of Cheyenne, for assisting a family of a rollover crash in July.
  • Wyoming Army National Guard Spc. Daniel Schoenwolf, of Casper, for his assistance to the victim of a vehicle rollover on Interstate 25, in March.
  • Wyoming Air National Guard Staff Sergeant Beau Murphy, of Cheyenne, for providing life-saving assistance to a fellow airman in March.
  • Wyoming Army National Guard Cadet Kristen Welch, from Laramie, for attending to a victim thrown from a rollover in Sybille Canyon in September.
  • Wyoming Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Amy Espedido, of Cheyenne, for calling in a domestic violence assault she witnessed in a car at a local business in September.
  • An anonymous Wyoming Air National Guard airman was also recognized for assisting with pulling an elderly man and his dog from Sloan’s Lake, in Cheyenne’s Lion’s Park in February.

Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, Wyoming’s adjutant general, said the awardees represent the department well. “These Wyoming National Guard members’ actions exemplify the core values of the Army and Air Force. They are great assets to Wyoming and our National Guard.”

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