Master Sgt. Edwards Determined To Help Others During Snowstorm

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  • By Staff Sgt. Jeremy Farson
  • 117th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Master Sgt. Ricky Edwards helped a stranded woman trying to retrieve her son from school. After successfully driving the woman to pick up her son they went to a grocery store to buy some kitty litter to free her vehicle. Edwards continued rescuing others until his vehicle became stuck. Edwards abandoned his vehicle and made a three mile walk home.

Currently on orders at the 117 ARW, Edwards is a nurse in his civilian career. At approximately 8:30 p.m. he and his wife, also a nurse, decided to walk to a local hospital to work due to a shortage of nurses. The two walked about a mile along I-65 where they were picked up by a motorist and driven to the hospital. Edwards reported to UAB where he has nursing rights. He worked until 10:30 Wednesday morning. After a three hour nap, Edwards walked to Children's Hospital where his wife was working. He volunteered to help in any way he could, since he did not have nursing rights to work there. He returned home around 8:30 p.m. and rested briefly before returning to the hospital to donate food, drinks, socks, underwear and other supplies.