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Hendersonville Marine honored for bravely saving man

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A local Marine is being hailed a hero after risking his life to save a man trapped in a collapsed building, and now he is getting a big honor from the military.

Ed Williams has always known his son, Cpl. Justin Williams, is brave.

"He was a Boy Scout and Eagle Scout," Ed Williams said.

Still, he was shocked hearing just how far his son had gone to rescue a stranger.

"Someone he'd probably never even seen before, and he risked his own life to save theirs," Ed Williams said.

Late last month, while in Afghanistan, the 24-year-old Hendersonville native found himself next to a major emergency as the roof collapsed at a construction site and the building began caving in.

Knowing a worker may be trapped inside, Justin Williams ran right in.

"The only thing he'd seen was a foot sticking up out of the ground and immediately started digging with his bare hands and found the face of the person. They were some three-feet below the dirt and debris," Ed Williams said.

The Marine exposed the man's face to keep him for suffocating and eventually managed to cut him out of the wreckage, surely saving his life.

The corporal's courage is not going unnoticed, and this week, he was given a special commendation medal for his bravery.

His dad is clearly proud.

"He said that he doesn't see himself as a hero. He doesn't think that he should have received an award or anything like that for it. He says he thinks he did what any other Marine would have done had they been in the same place at the same time," Ed Williams said.

Justin Williams has been deployed since July, and his father said he will be back in Hendersonville for a visit in February.

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