Lifesaving US troops to be honored in Latvia

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Two United States military personnel who saved the life of a Latvian civilian will be officially recognized for their efforts May 4 by the country's Defense Minister, Artis Pabriks. 

Pabriks will attend a special ceremony midday in the town of Jekabpils, where a military parade marking the restoration of Latvia's independence is due to take place, to thank Captain Logan Georges and Staff Sergeant Stephen Yang, both of whom are stationed in Latvia as part of US Operation Atlantic Resolve.

It was reported that on March 25 the pair were travelling by train from Lielvarde - currently home to a contingent of US Black Hawk helicopters - to Rīga when they noticed an elderly fellow passenger become ill. The man went into a seizure but the US soldiers immediately went to his aid, giving medical assistance that is credited with very likely saving the civilian's life until he could be handed over the medical services in Rīga. 

Luckily for their fellow passenger, both soldiers are US Army medical personnel and are specially trained in emergency medical assistance. They will be presented with certificates of gratitude by Pabriks.

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