After saving man’s life, Union’s Kevin Shier receives medal before game


Before Saturday’s game against Princeton, Union freshman Kevin Shier got to meet the man he saved.

Last December, Shier and his father were on the New York State Thruway near Syracuse when they came across a burning pickup truck that had crashed into a concrete barrier. Shier and another man were able to pull Timothy Nield from the burning truck moments before it exploded.

“I wouldn’t be here today — or at all — had Kevin Shier not done what he did,” Neild said in a Daily Gazette article published Sunday, “and it’s so incredible to finally meet him.”

Nield, a captain in the New York Army National Guard, had never met Shier before Saturday. The duo finally got to meet face-to-face before the game, which the Dutchmen would win 6-1.

Shier was presented with the New York Conspicuous Service Medal for his actions.

Read the full story on The Daily Gazette’s website.

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