He then went to the rear of the building and helped an elderly couple out of their burning apartment unit. Adams said they were panicked and could not open the sliding door, so he opened that door and led the couple to safety.
“I can’t call it selfless. To me, it’s just reaction,” Adams said. “Today, people would rather record (on their phones) rather than react and help someone because they’re worried about getting likes on Facebook or Instagram. To me there’s a time and a place for that. Record when there are no lives at stake.”
Adams received eight stitches for cuts on his hand as a result of climbing up the balconies.
For his efforts, he is being recommended for a Soldier’s Medal, the highest honor a soldier can receive for an act of valor in a non-combat situation, said Sgt. Joshua Blair of the Army’s Columbus Recruiting Battalion.
In addition, the Middletown Division of Police will be presenting an award to Adams for his actions at the fire scene, according to Middletown Police Maj. David Birk.
A reluctant hero, Adams said he wouldn’t do anything differently if he had to do it over again.
“The Army taught me not to fold under pressure,” he said. “It’s just who I am. As a person, how can I live in good conscience if I didn’t try to do something?”