Donovan Honors Brooklyn Native with ROTC Medal for Heroism
Brooklyn, NY—January 8, 2017….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) and military officials today honored ROTC Cadet and Brooklyn native Mark Kindschuh with the ROTC Medal for Heroism. Cadet Kindschuh, a student at Boston College, helped save a man’s life during a terror attack in a selfless act of heroism while studying abroad in London on June 3, 2017. The ROTC Medal for Heroism is the highest honor available to ROTC cadets.
Congressman Donovan said, “If Cadet Kindschuh represents the future of the U.S. military, our nation’s armed forces will be the greatest in history for yet another generation. This young man, with disregard for his own safety, saved a stranger’s life during the June 2017 terror attack in London. I’m proud to represent him and his family in Congress, and he’s fully deserving of this immense honor.”
On June 3, 2017, Cadet Kindschuh was enjoying a month abroad in London as part of his Boston College studies. That evening, he went out to a local pub with his friends. Shortly after arriving, he heard gunshots followed by a swarm of frightened people running for cover. A group of terrorists had run over pedestrians on the London Bridge and was attacking people with machetes on the street.
Cadet Kindschuh took cover under a table, but he saw a victim with a serious head wound bleeding on the floor of the restaurant several feet away. With the attack still unfolding, Cadet Kindschuh ran to the man and began tending to his wound. He removed his belt and wrapped it around the man’s head to try to stop the bleeding. Cadet Kindschuh, without regard for his own safety, then ran onto the street to flag down a police officer.
The officer ordered Cadet Kindschuh to return to safety inside. Moments later, the terrorists were right in front of the pub, with only glass windows and a locked door stopping them from entering. It was there that the London police neutralized the attackers before they went inside.
After learning of Cadet Kindschuh’s bravery, Congressman Donovan contacted the Secretary of the Army to recommend Cadet Kindschuh for the ROTC Medal for Heroism, the highest Department of the Army medal awarded to ROTC cadets. It is reserved for a cadet who performs an act of heroism so exceptional and outstanding that it sets the individual apart from fellow students. The performance must have involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying praiseworthy fortitude and courage.
At today’s ceremony, Col. Peter Sicoli, Commander of the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton, delivered remarks praising Cadet Kindschuh. Congressman Donovan presented the cadet with the ROTC Medal for Heroism and spoke of his exemplary and courageous actions.