Aircraft technician receives Command Civilian Valor Award

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  • By Angela Woolen
  • Robins Public Affairs
Sometimes being at the right place at the right time can mean the difference between life and death.

On a cold November morning, Trent Miller was on his way to work when he saw a small pickup truck run into the back of a log truck on Ga. Highway 96 in Twiggs County.

Miller, a 402nd Aircraft Maintenance Group aircraft technician, responded to the accident by making quick decisions that could have saved the life of the driver.

The driver was injured, and when Miller saw the flames coming from the engine, he rushed to the log truck to retrieve a Department of Transportation required fire extinguisher.

"Luckily I had the training and was in the right place," he said.

Miller, who lives in Cochran, was formerly a Middle Georgia State College police officer.

He was presented the Command Civilian Valor Award by Brig. Gen. Walter Lindsley, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex commander.

"The decisions made in the first minute are the ones that matter," Lindsley said. "It's a gut check every time."

Mitchell was quite humble about the experience. Two others helped extract the man from the burning car while Mitchell extinguished the flames. 

"I just happened to come across this one. First responders deserve medals every day," he said.