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Local Hero Gets Army Heroism Medal


Onalaska, Wisconsin (WXOW)-Jordan Burfield and his twin brother Jonah always knew that they wanted to serve their country.

"We watched Indiana Jones, Star Wars, all that stuff as kids so that's kind of what we thought, we'd do stuff like that," said Burfield.

And after serving in the army for eleven years, his stories can now top the ones you see in the movies.

In 2010, Jordan was stationed in Haiti. He was helping out a UN relief effort in Cap Hatien after the devastating January earthquake when a mudslide tore through a local school.

"It was a two story building and on the bottom floor you could see all the mud and debris and rocks," said Burfield.

The people crowded outside said children were inside the collapsing building.

"You realize we've got to do something, we have to," said Burfield.

So they went to work moving the mud with pick-axes.

"You had to be careful because you didn't want to hit the kids," he said.

And adding to the stress..conditions were cramped...and hot

"It was 100 degrees, really hot and I was sweating profusely which makes it harder to get things done," said Burfield.

All while the fears of the building collapsing were on everyone's minds.

"You had to really maneuver yourself because we were afraid the floorboards would break,"said Burfield.

Four children were in the building, but none of them survived.

"The hardest part was getting the second boy out and seeing he was still breathing. But then the second mudslide came and he was reburied and you knew it was just too late," he said.

Jordan and his team risked their lives to save children they didn't know.

"It's what we signed up for, to serve our nation, its what we're called to do," Burfield said.

An action that earned him the Army Heroism Medal.

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