RIT Air Force ROTC cadet receives Silver Valor Award for life-saving action

Quick action by Hannah Olver saves life of fellow cadet during summer field training event

U.S. Air Force

Air Force Brigadier General Leslie Maher, commander, Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development, awarded RIT Air Force ROTC Cadet Hannah Olver the Silver Valor Award for heroism.

RIT Air Force ROTC Cadet Hannah Olver received the Silver Valor Award for swift actions to save the life of a fellow cadet who was choking during the annual AFROTC Field Training that took place in May at Camp Shelby in Mississippi. Olver helped a cadet who had accidentally swallowed a valve-cap from a water bottle. The Silver Valor Award is given to a cadet for a voluntary act of heroism.

More than 3,000 cadets at six camp sessions participated at the training to evaluate preparedness and progress as officers and leaders. 

According to ROTC trainers, Olver “jumped into action, and expertly cleared the cadet’s airway. Not only did she perform ‘in-the-moment,’ but she ensured that the cadet received needed follow-up care after the event. She has embodied the warrior spirit, expert knowledge and represented RIT Detachment 538 as a continual, exceptional performer throughout Field Training ’21.”

Olver is an undergraduate nursing student at Roberts Wesleyan College and comes to RIT for its Air Force ROTC program training. Nearby universities without their own ROTC units allow students to participate in the RIT program, take courses in military science and attend annual, required field training activities. Reciprocal arrangements also take place for universities hosting Army and Navy ROTC programs.

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