EDMOND — A selfless act of bravery on a Kansas highway has earned Summer White the Carnegie Medal of Honor.
White, 19, of Edmond, was one of 19 people across the United States and Canada to receive the award. She was honored for coming to the aid of an injured woman after a June 12, 2011, accident on Interstate 35.
“She risked her life,” said Capt. Joe Bott, with Troop G of the Kansas Highway Patrol. “It was a very heroic effort.”
White said, “I don't know who nominated me, but I am very honored and excited.”
The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission awards the medal to people who risk their life to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.
White, Karen Laubach, Michele Creel and a German foreign exchange student were in a caravan of pickups and a horse trailer returning to Edmond about 10 p.m. after a horse show in Wichita, Kan.
The group was about 30 miles north of the Oklahoma state line near the Mulvane, Kan., exit. According to the trooper's report, the four-lane highway was dark with no streetlights.
The Edmond residents came upon a wrecked car in the middle of the road. They found Rebecca Hall, 32, of Lake Dallas, Texas, lying on the highway, White said.
“She was distraught and screaming, ‘Where are my boys,'” White said, referring to Hall's two sons.
Hall's 15-year-old son, who was driving the family vehicle, had veered off the highway for an unknown reason and struck a vehicle that had been abandoned on the shoulder after running out of gas.
The crash knocked Hall's Impala into the middle of the highway. Her son pulled Hall from the passenger side of the car onto the highway, White said.
“He had gone into shock and was traumatized,” White said. “He was trying to do the right thing, but he went into shock.”
When White's group came upon the accident, Laubach called 911 while Creel and White jumped out of the pickup.