After saving his fellow Marine from committing suicide in 2018, Sgt. Brandon Antoine, a 3rd Marine Division radio operator, received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal in a ceremony held at Camp Courtney on Jan. 13. The award that he received is the highest non-combat medal for heroism. The deliberation took more than two years due to heavy scrutinization. Antoine saw an intoxicated Marine standing on top of an air duct in the rain. Afraid he might slip and fall even if he did not jump, Antoine pried open a door and had two others hold his legs while he hung out a window upside down 45 feet in the air to talk to the Marine.
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