Idaho Airman awarded Idaho Cross

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Sarah Pokorney
  • 124th Wing Public Affairs
Senior Airman Josh R. Knarr, 124th Aerial Port Flight Air Cargo worker, was awarded the Idaho Cross at Gowen Field April 4 for his quick response and life-saving actions when he responded to the victims of an overturned vehicle on I-84. 

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Idaho National Guard Commanding General Maj. Gen. Larry Lafrenz presented the award to Airman Knarr for acting with professionalism and gallantry on the morning of Nov. 23, 2008. His quick action and knowledge of first aid prevented the death of a male victim and brought aid and comfort to the two children at the scene.
The award citation stated Knarr assessed the crash, called 911 and administered a life-saving tourniquet to the male accident victim's left arm until emergency personnel arrived. He assessed the two children's injuries, keeping them calm and still until police and paramedics arrived. 

"I never thought in my life, that I would be in a situation that I would actually use something like a tourniquet. Thanks to the training I received (in basic training) I was able to keep my head during the whole situation," Knarr said. 

The experience made him appreciate the training he had received, but he also recognized that he could learn more about first aid and encourages others to pay attention during their training. 

"You never know what's going to happen," he said. 

Knarr said he would like to take additional first aid classes and has considered a medical related career field as a possibility but he is still keeping his options open.
The 124th Aerial Port Flight Superintendent Senior Master Sgt. Robert Lyons has worked with Knarr since he first joined the Idaho Air National Guard. Lyons said that Knarr's actions at that critical time showed him that our training pays off.

"He is a tremendous asset to the guard and someone we need to keep on board; a future leader," Lyons said. 

The Idaho Cross is the highest state ribbon, awarded for life-saving measures.