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Marine captain awarded Medal for Heroism at USC-Clemson football game

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Marine captain Trey Kennedy. (Credit: DVIDS) Marine captain Trey Kennedy. (Credit: DVIDS)
Citation for Marine captain before Clemson-USC game. (November 26, 2016 FOX Carolina) Citation for Marine captain before Clemson-USC game. (November 26, 2016 FOX Carolina)
Citation for Marine captain before Clemson-USC game. (November 26, 2016 FOX Carolina) Citation for Marine captain before Clemson-USC game. (November 26, 2016 FOX Carolina)
Marine captain honored for heroic acts. (November 26, 2016 FOX Carolina) Marine captain honored for heroic acts. (November 26, 2016 FOX Carolina)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A U.S. Marine captain was honored for his heroic efforts in Afghanistan at the USC vs. Clemson game Saturday evening.

Captain Trey Kennedy, a Clemson University and Wren High School graduate, received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for Heroism during the Palmetto Bowl on Nov 26. – the highest non-combat award a Marine can achieve.

He was presented with the medal for his acts of heroism on Oct 11, 2016 during Operation Resolute Support in Kabul, Afghanistan where he was able to rescue several people from a NATO helicopter crash.

Despite imminent risk of fire or explosion, Captain Kennedy cut through the aircraft with a firefighter tool as jet fuel covered the scene and with the power still running. He was able to save four lives out of the 9 passengers on board, all before seeking medical attention for himself.m

A citation was read at 5 p.m. at the Clemson University Scroll of Honor. Captain Kennedy recounted the day and said it was a humbling experience.

"It was a very humbling experience. I was one of many pieces of the effort that day. To be here representing the personnel that didn't make it, and the personnel that did make...it's humbling. It feels very good to honor all of those individuals involved."

His father Bruce Kennedy expressed his admiration for his son.

"This is far beyond what I could have wished for," said Bruce Kennedy. "Deep in my heart I was wondering if any parent could have been as proud as I was in that moment....he took care of our freedom."

Captain Kennedy said he was just worried about getting as many people to safety as possible before the plane blew up in flames.

"My thought process was how long before this thing goes up in flames?," Captain Kennedy asked. "We just needed to get as many people out as possible and thankfully we didn't see flames...We came out with four lives and brought all nine back to their families."

During the second time out of the first quarter, Captain Kennedy was recognized as the Hero of the game and was be presented his medal for heroism.

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