Story and photos by
Sgt. Daniel K. Johnson
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Soldier’s Medal was presented to Spc. Kevin Holt, a combat medic with 225th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, during a ceremony held at B-Quad, here, Oct. 19.
Holt earned the medal for heroic actions taken by him on June 11, when he saved the life of a Florida woman after she had been stabbed during an attack by her employer, a would-be suitor.
While golfing with his father, Roger, during a surprise Father’s Day visit, Holt saw a woman and a man having a physical altercation near the Rivera Golf Course in Holly Hill, Fla. The woman, who had been working in a nearby house for years, cooking and cleaning for her assailant, fled after refusing her employer’s advances.
When Holt and other golfers approached the couple, the medic saw that the woman had been stabbed.
“I went up with the golf club and told the man to drop the knife,” said Holt, in an interview with Orlando television station WESH. “He didn’t want to drop it, so I told him I was going to hit him with the golf club.”
Four people assisted Holt in fending off the attacker, who dropped the kitchen knife. Holt passed his golf club to his father, who guarded the man to prevent him from getting up.
“Then, I went to work on the woman,” said Holt.
Holt performed life-saving measures, and the injured woman has since made a full recovery.
“I was only doing what any other person would have done,” said Holt. “I am grateful I was able to assist and render aid when it was needed.”
The assailant is awaiting trial.
“Courage above and beyond,” said Brig. Gen. Burt Thompson, deputy commanding general, Support, 25th ID. “You stood off an attacker and treated an individual.”
The Soldier’s Medal is awarded to any person of the armed forces who distinguishes him or herself by heroism not involving conflict with an enemy. The performance must have involved personal hazard or danger and the voluntary risk of life under conditions not involving conflict with an armed enemy.
Part of the oath taken by all Soldiers is to protect against foreign and domestic enemies. Holt upheld his oath when he protected a citizen of the United States from certain death at the hands of a domestic enemy, said Thompson.
(Editor’s Note: Some quotes and information for this story came from the website for WESH Channel 2, Orlando, Fla.)