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.
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.