Lawmakers Honor Oklahoma National Guard Soldier Paralyzed During May Tornado

Apr 8, 2014

The Oklahoma Legislature has honored a soldier with the 45th Infantry Brigade who was seriously injured while trying to protect others when a massive tornado struck Moore in May.

Gov. Mary Fallin State lawmakers honor Oklahoma National Guard Sgt. E. H. Pittman for his actions during the Moore tornado last May during a Tuesday ceremony at the state Capitol.
Credit Gov. Mary Fallin / Facebook

Sgt. E.H. Pittman was honored with the Oklahoma Star of Valor Tuesday during a joint session of the Legislature to honor members of the Oklahoma National Guard.

Pittman had recently returned home from a 13-month deployment in Afghanistan with the National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team when he went to work at a Moore convenience store. Pittman rushed his co-workers and some customers into a bathroom when the May 20 tornado struck.

The store was demolished and three people, including a woman and her infant son, died in the store. Pittman suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed.


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