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Grissom JROTC Student Honored for Life Saving Efforts

On September 21, 2017, Cadet Jelynn DeCrow of Grissom High School was witness to a terrible motorcycle accident. The rider was thrown from the bike and hit the guardrail, causing critical injuries to his leg and abdomen. Cadet DeCrow quickly sped into action, assessing the situation and beginning first aid, which included using her belt as a tourniquet. She stayed with the injured man until paramedics could arrive and take him to the hospital. The victim’s family, as well as local EMS personnel, attribute the man’s survival to Cadet DeCrow’s quick response.

A special ceremony honoring the cadet was held at Grissom High School this week, where DeCrow received awards from the city and the JROTC program. Huntsville Chief of Police Mark McMurray, who presented Jelynn with two of the awards, says that “it inspires us all, it gives us hope in our young people… that they are doing the right thing.” He also stated that the JROTC program is a great benefit that helps to instill a sense of responsibility and good citizenship in students, which he believes contributed to the cadet’s ability to lend assistance in the critical situation.

Rebecca Balentine, the principal at Grissom High, says that their JROTC students have high expectations to represent the school and unit wherever they go, and Jelynn exemplifies that. In addition to the leadership and citizenship skills learned in JROTC, Grissom also offers a Health Sciences Program that allows students to work towards a medical internship their senior year. Jelynn says she learned a lot in these medical classes, which helped her know what to do for the injured motorcyclist, while her JROTC training helped her to remain calm so she could get through it. She says that “everybody should join ROTC, even if you don’t want to join the military.”

Cadet DeCrow is very appreciative of the experience and training in the JROTC program, and adds that she is very interested in pursuing a future with the Army Medical Corps.