Springfield, Mo -- (1/18/2018) An award ceremony was held Thursday at Missouri State University honoring Captain Aaron Eidem.
Eidem died on February 18, 2016 while assisting stranded motorists on Interstate 44, five miles west of Springfield. He was an adjunct faculty member and began teaching as an assistant professor of military science at Missouri State University two years before the accident.
It’s that act of heroism that earned Eidem the Soldier’s Medal, the highest U.S. award for heroism not involving armed conflict with an enemy. The act must have involved personal hazard or danger and the voluntary risk of life.
Maj. Gen. Christopher P. Hughes awarded the medal to Amber Eidem, who survived her husband.
“Aaron took action without regard for his own personal safety and paid the ultimate price,” said Lt. Col. Scott Morris, military science department head. “He was always one to put others first. He embodied the best in all of us. His example is a powerful one.”
Eidem served in the armed forces for almost 20 years as a military police officer and instructor. He earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, served in Germany and was deployed to Iraq three times.
(Edited Media Release)