ROTC cadet given medal for heroism at crash scene 23-year-old helped save life of driver

September 21, 1997

An ROTC cadet at Western Maryland College recently received the ROTC Medal for Heroism, the highest award given to cadets by the Army, for helping to save the life of the driver of an overturned United Parcel Service van in August 1996.

Dudley "D. J." Cobb, 23, a former Severn and Laurel resident who lives in Westminster with his wife, was honored this month at the school, where he is a senior majoring in exercise science.

Cobb was traveling to Lynchburg, Va., with the college soccer team when a UPS truck swerved and overturned ahead of the team's vehicle on U.S. 29 in Virginia.

Cobb, who had received emergency medical training while in the Army in 1992, climbed through the rear door of the van, which was on its side, and used his T-shirt to control bleeding from wounds on the driver's head and to protect her right eyeball, which had come out of its socket.

He helped lift her out of the van, had her lie on the ground and waited until an emergency crew arrived.

Helping "seemed like the natural thing to do," said Cobb, originally from Panama City, Fla.

He had served as a Spanish linguist for military intelligence before enrolling in Western Maryland College's ROTC program. He is training to become an Army officer.

He is the first cadet at the college to receive the ROTC Medal for Heroism, which is awarded for acts on or off campus, according to Maj. Karen Doyle, commander of the Western Maryland College ROTC Battalion.

Pub Date: 9/21/97

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