Rector native honored for saving woman at lake

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Two Arkansas National Guard soldiers have been awarded the Soldier's Medal for saving a woman at Lake Hamilton.

The Soldier's Medal is the highest award for heroism not involving combat.

Maj. Steven Hall and Chief Warrant Officer Ricky Bullinger received the medal Sunday during a ceremony at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock.

The two rescued Tamara Keele Aug. 23, 2008, as she was being electrocuted underneath a hotel dock on Lake Hamilton. Keele's son was injured in the incident and 14-year-old Sara Crotts of Sherwood was killed.

Keele had jumped into the water when she saw the children struggling and as she did a streetlight went on and sent electricity into the water.

Bullinger is a native of Rector and is originally from North Crossett and now lives in Maumelle.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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