Governor Riley honors heroic National Guard soldiers

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - On Friday, Governor Bob Riley will honor Alabama National Guard soldiers who rescued passengers when a Louisiana church bus wrecked on Interstate 20.

Forty-seven soldiers were returning to Aliceville from a drill camp in Mississippi on July 12th when a tire blew off a 30-passenger bus that was in front of them.

The bus was carrying members of the First Baptist Church of Shreveport when it rolled over three times.

Soldiers had to lift the bus to rescue the passengers. They also directed traffic and helped the injured until emergency personnel arrived.

Riley will be handing these soldiers Alabama Commendation medals.