Canada honors American soldier for Thruway crash heroics

The crash scene in Junius on July 22, 2011.

A soldier stationed at Fort Drum in northern New York is being honored by the Canadian government for rescuing more than two dozen passengers from a burning charter bus after it was rear-ended on an upstate highway in 2011.

The Watertown Daily Times reports Staff Sgt. Jacob Perkins of Mountain Grove, Mo., will receive the Medal of Bravery from Canada's governor general during a ceremony Thursday in Ottawa.

Perkins was headed home on leave in July 2011 when he saw a tractor-trailer hit the rear of a bus on the Thruway in central New York. The bus was taking a group from Ontario, Canada to New York City.

Perkins pulled 26 passengers from the burning bus. All 52 on board survived. The truck driver was the only fatality.