Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- In an honor a year in the making, the U.S. Army and Fort Jackson recognized Staff Sergeant Gary Moore for his quick actions that saved a fellow soldier and put himself in danger.
"You just do what you need to do," said Moore.
Staff Sergeant Moore was instructing live grenade training at Fort Jackson, when a soldier dropped the device inside the practice bay with them, but Moore's quick reaction led to Wednesday's ceremony in his honor.
According to a base news release "without regard for his own safety, Staff Sergeant Moore quickly interposed his body between the soldier and the live hand grenade and then grabbed Private First Class Darnell Davis by his load bearing equipment and threw him over the retaining wall out of the live bay."
Those actions earned Moore the Soldiers Medal, given to army service members who display heroism, while not involved in an enemy conflict, that involve personal dangers and the voluntary risk of life.
1st Sergeant Sean Sellars says Moore is a living the example of what they try to instill in others.
"It's a great feeling to know that we have non-commissioned officers in our ranks that take their job to the degree that they've taken it and truly understand the meaning of selfless service where they do understand that we're doing this for a greater cause and a greater purpose," said Sellars.
Still if you ask Moore, he simply followed a little bit of instinct and a lot of training.
"I believe any of my brothers to my left and right out there would have done the same action and it's just I was put in that situation where I had to react," said Moore.
He says honored to receive the award, but ready for things to go back to normal and get back to his job.