A member of the Army National Guard is being awarded New York state's highest military award for heroism. Staff Sgt. Marlana won the award for coming to the aid of two teenagers who were shot on a Syracuse street last fall.

According to CNYCentral, 28 year-old Staff Sgt. Marlana Watson will received the New York State Medal of Valor during a ceremony held Wednesday (8/19) at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Farmingdale on Long Island.

The Binghamton native was living in Syracuse when she heard gunfire outside her home on the night of Nov. 5. She rushed outside and found two teenage boys suffering from gunshot wounds. Watson administered emergency medical care while directing bystanders to give assistance."

Watson is an Army medic who served us proudly in Afghanistan. Currently she lives in Lindenhurst on Long Island.


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