Bethel student to be honored for bridge rescue efforts
MINNEAPOLIS — The college student who was one of the heroes of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse will be honored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
Matthew Miller is one of three winners of the Above & Beyond Citizen Honors, chosen from among 51 finalists representing each state and the District of Columbia.
The 22-year-old student is scheduled to receive his award on Tuesday in a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington.
Miller was working a summer construction job on the bridge when it collapsed August 1 — killing 13 people.
He’s credited with running to the bottom of the Mississippi River embankment and carrying many injured motorists out from under the collapsed span to safety.
He credits much of his action to his personal religious faith.