Created: 07/20/2013 12:20 PM WHEC.com
A local man was honored on Friday after officials say he went beyond the call of duty to rescue an injured soldier.
National Guard Sergeant Joshua Young, of Perinton, received the Bronze Star Medal for Valor from National Guard officials at the Scotia-Glenville Armed Forces Reserve Center in Glenville.
Officials say Sergeant Young was honored for his actions during a mission in March of 2012 in Afghanistan. The objective of that mission was to destroy a strategic wall. At one point during the mission, officials say another platoon sergeant was injured during an explosion caused by enemy fighters.
The U.S. Army says Young assisted that sergeant to safety while the platoon was still under fire. Sergeant Young then returned to the battlefield and assisted his platoon to complete the mission.
Governor Andrew Cuomo also praised Sergeant Young's actions in a written statement.