Governor Rick Scott today presented the Medal of Merit to Airman David Barba and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Andrew Miller at Mayport Naval Station. The two sailors were on leave in New York from their station aboard the USS Iwo Jima and were in the immediate vicinity of the violent attack in Times Square that took place earlier this month. They were awarded today for immediately responding to the scene of the attack in order to assist and comfort injured victims until first responders arrived.
Capt. James Midkiff said, “It was an honor to join Governor Scott in recognizing Airman Barba and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Miller with the Medal of Merit aboard the USS Iwo Jima today. While we train our sailors to be prepared for intense situations, I was proud that they reacted so quickly to help those in need without pausing to consider whether more danger was imminent. This is a great example of our shared commitment to protecting Americans and serving our great nation every day.”