Utah Air Guardsmen awarded the Utah Cross

By Staff Sgt. Whitlock Danny | 151st Air Refueling Wing | April 22, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah —

Tech. Sgt. Sean Price, a boom operator assigned to the 151st Air Refueling Wing, was awarded the Utah Cross by Utah Governor Gary Herbert and the Adjutant General, Major General Jefferson Burton, April 22, 2019 at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base.

Price was awarded the medal for his heroism and quick thinking when he helped save the life of a Utah man who had fallen into the Weber River after his vehicle had been seen hanging off the side of a bridge. With the help of his wife, Price administered life-saving measures and stayed with the individual until medical personnel arrived.

Price began his Air Force career in September 2005 as an Aerospace Maintenance Journeyman with the 151st Mission Support Group before cross-training to become a Boom Operator. Price has been recognized by his peers his for dedication to his work and the United States Air Force.

“Tech. Sgt. Price has been a consistent asset to the 151st ARW, his efforts in his day-to-day scheduling duties for the wing’s flying operations are matched only by his exceptional airmanship as a boom operator,” said Lt. Col. Doug Foster, former 151st Operations Support Squadron commander, “Sean is always willing to lean in on any task that needs to be accomplished. Without fail, Sean was one of my go to operators to just get the work done.”

Foster added that Price’s Air Force training requirements including Self-Aid Buddy Care, which he says helped contribute to him knowing how to initially treat the suspected injuries of the occupant and then coordinate follow-on care. 

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