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Hudgins get special honor in ceremony

During Friday night’s Lafayette High School commencement exercises, Maj. Harvey Rice, senior aerospace science instructor for the Air Force Junior ROTC program at Lafayette High School, read the following to a graduating senior honored for his bravery.

“On April 28, Cadet First Lt. Brelynn D. Hudgins, a member of the Air Force JROTC program at Lafayette High School, happened upon a single-vehicle traffic accident while driving home.

“He discovered a vehicle with smoke billowing from underneath the front and rear of the vehicle. Upon investigation, Hudgins observed an unconscious victim with severe bleeding.

“Sensing there was little time to react due to the smoke and sparks flying from the still-running vehicle, Hudgins pulled the man from the vehicle and returned to check for other victims.

“Hudgins rendered first aid to the victim by treating the wound and for shock until first responders arrived on the scene.

“His actions embody the Air Force core value of ‘service before self,’ and reflect great credit upon himself, Lafayette High School and Air Force Junior ROTC.”

Brelynn Hudgins was awarded the Air Force JROTC Silver Valor for his bravery. Hudgins took the stage and accepted the award given by Rice.

“The Air Force Junior ROTC Silver Valor Award is awarded to a cadet for a voluntary act of heroism,” said Rice. “This is the second highest award given nationwide and is very seldom given.”

About LaReeca Rucker

LaReeca Rucker is a writer, reporter and adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Mississippi's Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she spent a decade at the Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger - Mississippi's largest daily newspaper - covering stories about crime, city government, civil rights, social justice, religion, art, culture and entertainment for the paper's print and web editions. She was also a USA Today contributor.

This year, she received a first place award from the Mississippi Press Association for “Best In-Depth Investigative Reporting.” The story written in 2014 for The Oxford Eagle chronicles the life of a young mother with two sons who have epilepsy, and details how she is patiently hoping legalized cannabis oil experimentation will lead to a cure for their disorder.

Her website is www.lareecarucker.com.

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