Two Acadiana Louisiana guards were recently recognized for their heroism.
Louisiana Army National Guard Sgt. Christian M. Jaubert, originally from Broussard, and Staff Sgt. Dillon J. Mandeville, a native of New Iberia, received the Louisiana National Guard Distinguished Service Cross May 31 at a Lafayette Awards ceremony.
The men received the cross, which is awarded to a LANG soldier who is distinguished by extraordinary heroism, for an incident that occurred on September 14, 2021.
“Soldiers distinguished themselves in responding to a near-fatal car accident. Their quick thinking and decisive action saved the life of one victim and lessened the impact of this traumatic event for many others,” said Maj.- General D. Keith Waddell, Adjutant. general of LANG, in the order of attribution. “The victims and families affected by this event will be forever grateful, and their impact will not soon be forgotten.”
Both men said their training prepared them to help.
“Most people would have panicked in this situation, but thanks to the training I received, I knew what to do; there was no hesitation in helping civilians,” Jaubert said. “I feel like it was kind of my responsibility to help in this situation because I had the knowledge, and I feel like God put me in the right place at the right time. I was happy to be there to do that.”
“I didn’t know the extent of the injuries suffered by the pedestrians, but I knew I had to react immediately. With the multitude of training I received in the Louisiana National Guard, I knew I could effectively triage safely until paramedics arrived,” Mandeville said.
“The CLS [Combat Life Saver] the training courses teach you skills that help instill a sense of calm in the haze of chaos and to be a calming voice for victims,” Mandeville said. “It was a comforting feeling to know that the children were doing well.”