2 Fort Bragg soldiers honored for heroic acts off duty | Wral News
The Soldier’s Medal was given to two U.S. Army Staff Sergeants for their selfless deeds, which included saving a woman from drowning in El Salvador and rescuing a woman and her dogs from treacherous rapids on the Cape Fear River.
The U.S. Army’s 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) presented the Soldier’s Medal to Staff Sgt. Anthony Best and Staff Sgt. Baltiera for heroic acts performed off duty. Baltiera saved a woman from drowning while swimming in El Salvador on November 27, 2021, battling severe conditions and a violent rip current. Best rescued a woman and her two dogs from dangerous rapids and protruding rock formations in the Cape Fear River in June 2020. He jumped into the water without regard for his own safety and successfully saved the woman and her dogs after battling severe conditions for about fifteen minutes. Both soldiers exhibited bravery and selflessness in performing their heroic acts.