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Army Hero Honored at Alma Mater

Army Sgt. James Sides was honored at a Wednesday morning ceremony at Cross County High School. (KAIT/L.Gunter) Army Sgt. James Sides was honored at a Wednesday morning ceremony at Cross County High School. (KAIT/L.Gunter)
The Purple Heart medal is among the honors received by Sgt. James Sides for his duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sides was honored at Cross County High Ceremony Wednesday. (KAIT/L.Gunter) The Purple Heart medal is among the honors received by Sgt. James Sides for his duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sides was honored at Cross County High Ceremony Wednesday. (KAIT/L.Gunter)

September 10, 2003 - Posted at: 4:34 p.m. CDT

CHERRY VALLEY, Ark. -- Returning to the very footballfield where he once set records, a Region 8 war hero is honored for his bravery in the deserts of Iraq.

Sgt. James Sides, an Army paramedic who was the sole survivor of the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter during Operation Iraqi Freedom, was honored at his alma mater in a ceremony at Cross County High School Wednesday morning.

Sides spoke to students with messages of cherishing life's every moment.

"You can be whatever you want to be and to enjoy life and enjoy it to the fullest because you never know what tomorrow has to bring."

Sides, who lives in Wynne, received the Army Air Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Air Force Service Medal, and the Purple Heart for his duties in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His commander Major General Robert Wilson says Sides is the perfect example of men and women in the military.

"I think Sgt. Sides speaks with those types of courage and conviction and he's the right role model to have for our children."

Jordan Morris, a high school sophomore says he admires Sides bravery.

"Its' awsome he had to have a lot of strength from god i know if it came down to it i would want to be the same person he is."

He thinks Sides' story is a true example of compassion for fellow man.

"Saving those peoples lives and that Iraqi girl knowing he didn't have to do that.  If you can take the time to pray for our enemies then I think we should look at people as an inspiration,  like him."

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