LDS young man in Oklahoma receives JROTC Silver Valor Award

Published: Sunday, Aug. 25 2013 1:25 p.m. MDT

Because of his quick thinking in rescuing a 3-year-old from a swimming pool, Joshua M. Peterman, of the Village Ward, Oklahoma Oklahoma City Stake, received the JROTC Silver Valor Award earlier this year.

It’s the second highest award given to any ROTC candidate in high school or college and is awarded for a voluntary heroic act that doesn’t risk the student's life.

Peterman had finished swimming at a local pool when he noticed a 3-year-old girl fall in, wrote his parents, David and Jennifer Peterman. The 16-year-old dove in, crossed the pool and pulled the girl from near the bottom of the pool. The child was resuscitated and returned to her family.

Joshua Peterman is a priest in his ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an Eagle Scout and cadet 2nd lieutenant in the OK-081st Air Force Corps of Cadets at Edmond North High School in Edmond, Okla., where he is a junior. He is also the brother of two sisters with special needs.

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