A Nellis Air Force Base airman was honored for saving the lives of 54 high school students and teachers just before a bus explosion in December 2012.
Major Shaine Thrower was awarded the Airman's Medal last month. It is given to airmen whose heroic actions save lives outside actual combat.
Maj. Thrower was on his way to pick up his daughter from a school trip through West Career and Technical Academy nearly two years ago when he noticed smoke and fire was coming from the bus. He ran in front of it to warn the driver.
When everyone was evacuated, the bus's wheel well exploded. Pieces of shrapnel hit Maj. Thrower, breaking his leg.
Thrower said his years of Air Force training allowed him to act quickly.