TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Hundreds gathered at Forbes Field to honor a hero who played a large role in saving a young girls life.
Governor Sam Brownback and countless others were on hand inside the 190th Air Refueling Wing to present the Kansas National Guard Distinguished Service Medal to Staff Sergeant Matthew Crawford.
Crawford was one of the first on the scene May 6th, when then 12 year old Rylee Robinson was struck by a car along 53rd Topeka Boulevard and severely injured.
Crawford provided first aid and a tourniquet to Rylee's bleeding leg.
Looking back at his efforts, Sergeant Crawford says he's not the real hero.
Sgt. Crawford said, "The thanks is enough. I think the award here goes to her and her courage and bravery to wake up every morning and getting better than she was the day before."
Rylee's mother, also said, "In a world where you think things are falling apart, and there is so much crime and hate and negativity, this is one of those times where you realize there is so much good and people are there for each other."
Court records show the driver who hit Rylee, 33 year old Rebecca Horting has been charged with one count of aggravated battery knowingly causing great bodily harm.