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Utah Guard soldier awarded Medal of Valor for heroism during Las Vegas mass shooting

Sgt. Chasen Brown receives the Utah Medal of Valor
Posted at 4:21 PM, Sep 01, 2020

Utah Governor Gary Herbert presented a National Guard soldier with the Utah Medal of Valor Tuesday for his heroism during the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sgt. Chasen Brown, who was a specialist at the time of the shooting, received the medal during a ceremony in the Gold Room at the Utah State Capitol.

"Without hesitation or regard to personal safety, Brown immediately started to render aide to the wounded personnel while under constant gunfire. His actions on that tragic day, also known as one of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States, saved the lives of dozens of fellow concertgoers," a news release from Utah National Guard Public Affairs said.

The Utah Medal of Valor is the highest state award that can be given to a member of the Utah National Guard.

"Chasen's heroic actions on that tragic day remind me of what I am most proud of regarding our Guard members—that they serve selflessly and bravely in the defense of our nation and its citizens," said Col. Steve Fairbourn, command, 65th Field Artillery Brigade, in the news release. "This dedication isn't limited to when they are deployed, but rather is just a part of their character."

U.S. Senator Mitt Romney was also in attendance at Tuesday's ceremony, and he presented Brown with a certificate.