Four Citadel cadets were honored this week with the Cadet Medal of Valor — three of the cadets were instrumental in the survival of a nuclear training school sailor stabbed on a downtown street.
The Cadet Medal of Valor was first awarded in 1999, according to the school, for exceptional acts of heroism.
Byron Addison, Jarrod Branch and Denzel Grant were heading back to their car near closing time in the early morning April 15 when they witnessed the sailor in an argument with another man on East Bay Street. They watched as the sailor fell to the ground, stabbed in the abdomen, and the other man fled.
Branch tried to cover the wound while Addison sought police officers and Grant managed the crowd. The sailor, Thomas Disser, is recovering at his Texas home. Because of the cadets' quick action, he was able to survive and the suspect in the case was apprehended.
The other student honored, junior Christian Mundy, was at Marion Square when a College of Charleston student had a seizure and stopped breathing. Mundy performed CPR the he learned from lifeguard certification in high school that he had never used.
"I am proud to recognize these cadets for their heroic actions," said college President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa in a statement. "Their quick thinking and caring leadership saved the lives of two people. Each of these young men is a credit to the Corps of Cadets and The Citadel."