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April 9, 2014

Legislature honors 45th Infantry soldier with Star of Valor for ‘heroic actions’

OKLAHOMA CITY — A soldier with Oklahoma’s 45th Infantry Brigade who was seriously injured while trying to protect others when a massive tornado struck Moore in May was honored Tuesday with one of the state’s highest military decorations.

Sgt. E.H. Pittman received the Oklahoma Star of Valor medal for what Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, the state’s adjutant general, described as his “selfless and heroic actions” as members of the state Legislature convened a joint session to honor members of the Oklahoma National Guard.

Pittman, 30, had recently returned from a 13-month deployment in Afghanistan with the National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and was working at a Moore convenience store when the tornado tore through an area south of Oklahoma City on May 20.

Pittman and a co-worker rushed some customers into a bathroom as the tornado struck, demolishing the store and killing three people including a woman and her infant son. Pittman suffered serious wounds including a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed.

In awarding the medal, Deering praised Pittman’s efforts to use his body as a shield to save civilians who were trapped in the store as the storm approached. State lawmakers stood and applauded as the medal was presented.

Pittman did not speak during the ceremony, but has said in the past that he hopes to regain the use of his legs. Although doctors say he is paralyzed he has some feeling in his legs, which makes him hopeful he’ll walk again.

“After they pulled me out and set me on the concrete, (they) told me I stood up and took a couple of steps and sat down and said, ‘I can’t feel my legs,’” Pittman told television station KFOR in July. “I don’t remember that. I guess that was my last three steps right there.”

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