Okinawa Marines honored for helping after serious car crash

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Marine Lance Cpl. Luis Rosas, left, and Cpl. Ian Burnham, center, receive letters of appreciation from Urasoe police chief Eikatsu Sakihara, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at the Urasoe prefectural police station. Rosas and Burnham were honored for responding to a car crash in April in which they aided passengers, cleared the scene and extinguished a fire in the engine of one of the vehicles. Brittany James/Courtesy U.S. Marine Corps
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Marine Lance Cpl. Luis Rosas, left, and Cpl. Ian Burnham, center, receive letters of appreciation from Urasoe police chief Eikatsu Sakihara, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at the Urasoe prefectural police station. Rosas and Burnham were honored for responding to a car crash in April in which they aided passengers, cleared the scene and extinguished a fire in the engine of one of the vehicles. Brittany James/Courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

Okinawa Marines honored for helping after serious car crash

by: Matthew M. Burke | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: August 24, 2016
 CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — On the evening of April 16, Marine Cpl. Ian Burnham and Lance Cpl. Luis Rosas were off duty and returning to base when they witnessed a serious car crash.
 
The Okinawa-based Marines from the 3rd Maintenance Battalion reacted quickly, helping the injured from their vehicles to safety. When one of the cars caught fire, the Marines cleared the scene and risked their own safety to calmly extinguish the flames.
 
The pair was honored for their actions Tuesday afternoon in a ceremony at the Urasoe police station.
 
“We’re extremely proud of our Marines and what they did back in April,” said Lt. Col. Dane Salm, 3rd Maintenance Battalion commander, who attended the ceremony. “This is what we expect from our Marines. It just happened to be these two in that position this time. … These two are phenomenal Marines, and they continue to do phenomenal things for the Marine Corps.”