To be a part of the U.S. Armed Forces, one must dedicate his or her life to service, and that's what Brady natives Tyler Kleinow and Dalton Riedel went above and beyond their duty to serve on Sept. 13.Kleinow and Riedel, privates in the U.S. Army, are stationed at Schofield Barracks in Honolulu, Hawaii.
At about 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 13, Riedel and Kleinow were heading back to Schofield on Interstate H-2 when they were caught in a traffic jam, the Hawaii Army Weekly reported.
As the two slowly moved along, they noticed that a sport utility vehicle had overturned, causing the delay.
After seeing the condition of the SUV, Kleinow and Riedel were stunned. They immediately got out of their car to tend to passengers inside.
Kleinow, whose father, Trent, is a captain of the North Platte Fire Department, knew time was of the essence because he saw smoke coming out of the SUV.
"My father is a firefighter, and it just felt like the right thing to do," Kleinow said in an Oct. 3 article in the Hawaii Army Weekly.
Kleinow and Riedel pulled two small children out of the SUV and escorted them to safety. Then they returned to the vehicle to rescue their mother.
With the help of Kleinow and Riedel, all three victims of the accident survived the accident. Riedel's mother Stacey Warner said that neither Kleinow or Riedel have heard from the mother, nor do they know the names of the those they helped, but sometimes the reward for doing the right thing is the deed itself.
Kleinow told the Weekly that he just did what he was taught in basic training.
"We ask our soldier to take action and make a difference in whatever that situation is," Kleinow's commanding officer Lt. Col. Barrette Bernard told the Weekly. "That's exactly what (Kleinow) did. He saw people in need and he didn't hesitate. He went to the problem and he took action, and in this case, he probably saved lives."
Kleinow is the son of Trent and Paula Kleinow. He is a 2012 graduate of Brady High School. He is in Company F, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.
Riedel is the son of Mark Riedel and Stacey Warner and a 2011 graduate of Brady High School. He is in Company A, 225th Brigade, Support Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Cambat Team.