Marine Corps Maj.
Gen. Paul Lefebvre, deputy commanding general for Multinational
Corps Iraq, awards cameraman Chris Jackson with the Department of
the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award at Al Faw Palace on Camp
Victory, outside of Baghdad, January 24, 2009.
||WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2009
journalist received a top Navy honor in Iraq on Jan. 24 for his
heroism in saving a Marine's life while in Afghanistan.
Then-Fox News cameraman Chris Jackson, embedded with a Marine Corps
platoon, was traveling by Humvee down a dangerous road in
Afghanistan on Aug. 3 when it hit 50 pounds of homemade explosives.
All of the vehicle's passengers escaped the flaming vehicle, with
the exception of vehicle commander Marine Corps Sgt. Courtney Rauch.
The blast severely injured Rauch and knocked him unconscious.
Jackson, despite having received shrapnel wounds himself, rushed
back to the vehicle, pulled Rauch out and carried him to safety.
"Without Chris' quick thinking and heroic act, I would have lost my
life that day," Rauch said. "Chris forgot about being a reporter
that day and became one of our brothers and acted as one of us.
Chris went above and beyond his duty."
Jackson, who now works for CNN/Turner Broadcasting, was presented
with the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award,
the second-highest award given to civilians by the Navy, for his
actions. Jackson received the award at Al Faw Palace at Camp
Victory, outside of Baghdad, during a stop in Iraq en route to
India. An audience of appreciative Marines was on hand during the