W. Md. College ROTC cadet receives Medal for Heroism Helped save life of driver in van accident last year

September 22, 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 UPS van in August 1996.

Dudley "D. J." Cobb, 23, a former Severn and Laurel resident who lives in Westminster with his wife, was honored earlier this month in a ceremony 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 United Parcel Service truck swerved and overturned ahead of the team's southbound vehicle on U.S. 29 in Virginia.

Cobb, who had received emergency medical training while enlisted in the Army in 1992, ran to the van, which was turned on its side, and climbed through the rear door.

He used his T-shirt to control the bleeding from wounds on the driver's head and to protect her right eyeball, which had come out of the socket. He then helped lift her through the space left by the windshield, had her lie on the ground and waited with her 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 and training to become an officer.

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

Pub Date: 9/22/97

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