Air Force Academy cadets help family out of crashed car

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Air Force Academy cadets helped a family Nov. 11 after their car slid off Highway 9 south of Breckenridge and tumbled downhill.

Brig. Gen. Kristin Goodwin, the Academy’s commandant of cadets, praised their efforts in front of the cadet wing, Nov. 15.

“Their actions speak to the caliber of cadets at the Academy and how the training they receive is as relevant to our Front Range community as it in in combat zones,” she said.

Cadets 3rd Class Karl Boerwinkle, Antonino Del Rossa, Joseph Canoy, Joel Krause and Conner Settle, watched the car traveling in front of them car lose traction and plummet off the highway.

Krause dialed 911 while the other cadets moved downhill. The cadets could hear the man in the driver’s seat honking the car’s horn, Canoy said.

“When we saw the car, I was pretty nervous about their safety,” he said.

After helping the family out of the car, the cadets covered them with their jackets and helped them up to the road.

“We knew they needed help and there was no one else on the road,” Del Rossa said.

The cadets said the family appeared to suffer only minor injuries, according to the county first responders who arrived after Krause reported the crash.


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