HANSCOM AIRFORCE BASE, Mass.
– A Massachusetts National Guardsman was presented with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Service Award at the Massachusetts National Guard Headquarters here, May 3, 2014.
Brig. Gen. Paul G. Smith, land component commander, Massachusetts National Guard, presented the award to Master Sgt. William Pouliot, a financial management technician, Massachusetts National Guard, who was credited with saving a child’s life Sept. 9, 2013 after she was struck by a car while crossing the street in front of the Hannah School in Beverly.
According to witness, while walking to school the girl approached the crosswalk and waited for traffic to stop. Seeing that all the cars had stopped, and that a motorist waved for her to cross, she stepped into the street and began to cross. While crossing, a vehicle pulled forward knocking the girl to the ground, and began dragging her. The driver was unaware they hit anyone.
Describing what happened next, the girl’s father, and fellow Guardsman, Sgt. Scott Thompson said, “At this exact moment, amongst all the other motorists and pedestrians, a man jumped out of his car and ran in front of the offending vehicle, bringing it to a halt. The man was then able to pull her out of from underneath the vehicle and carry her to safety at the side of the road. I believe he saved my daughter’s life.”
During the ceremony Smith said, “This situation is an example of a Soldier being a leader twenty four seven, and living the Army values. I’m proud to present this award to Master Sergeant Pouliot,” he said.
After the ceremony Pouliot said, “I truly and deeply believe that I can credit my military training with enabling me to respond so quickly. I was just in the right place at the right time, and in the right frame of mind to be able to help.”