NC Silver Star Recipient Joins ExtenZe Racing as Local Hero and Honorary Crew Chief for NASCAR Event at Charlotte Motor Speedway ExtenZe Local Hero Program Celebrates Those Who Go to Great Lengths to Make a Difference in Their Communities (May...
NC Silver Star Recipient Joins ExtenZe Racing as Local Hero and Honorary Crew Chief for NASCAR Event at Charlotte Motor Speedway
ExtenZe Local Hero Program Celebrates Those Who Go to Great Lengths to Make a Difference in Their Communities
(May 25, 2010) - Chief Warrant Officer 4 and Silver Star recipient Jim Herring says he was just doing what he had to do. At first that sounds pretty simple and you may be lulled into thinking that he is just another guy, but when you hear what it was that he felt "he had to do" you quickly learn why Herring was named an 'ExtenZe Local Hero.' For his selfless acts and heroism, Herring will serve as Honorary Crew Chief for the leading NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year driver Kevin Conway and his ExtenZe Racing team at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the running of the Coca-Cola 600. Herring, who is stationed in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., is only the second soldier since World War II to receive the Silver Star while serving with the North Carolina National Guard.
It was on December 23, 2006 that Herring and his five vehicle convoy where dispatched to search an Iraqi village for an enemy cell that had recently attacked coalition forces. Suddenly Herring and 22 other soldiers were boxed in a narrow street with two story buildings on both sides taking fire from guns, rifles and rocket propelled grenades. Herring instructed his driver to keep moving forward even as three insurgents where unleashing a sea of machine gun fire on their vehicle. The gunner on the Humvee killed the three insurgents but as they moved forward 20 more behind a wall less than 30 feet away opened fire. Bullets started to penetrate his vehicle and soon his driver was shot through the leg. Fearing the driver had been hit in the femoral artery and in need of immediate life saving treatment, Herring jumped out and shot and killed two more enemy machine gunners.
A disabled truck behind them prevented his fellow soldiers from assisting so with only the humvee gunner to provide suppressive fire Herring left the safety of the vehicle alone for a second time in order to run around and get behind the wheel and drive his critically wounded fellow soldier to safety. He was immediately knocked to the ground by the concussion of an impacting rocket-propelled grenade, but got up and continued to move and fire until he had managed to get to the driver side. He then moved the injured driver to the back seat where the medic started to tend to his serious injury. All this happened under constant fire from well aimed small arms fire, rocket-propelled grenade fire as well as machine gun fire.
"I don't know that I really deserve it," Herring said. "So many guys do so many amazing things on the battlefield. I just felt it was my job that day so I pretty much did what I had to do." Herring will be donating his $1,000 ExtenZe Local Hero check to a fund that helps the families in his unit. "This will sure go a long ways," he added.
"Hearing Jim's story really makes you stop and think about the individuals we must thank every day for allowing us the opportunity to do what we love to do in this free country," said Conway, the leading Cup Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year driver. "It's people like Jim, fighting for our continued freedom, who are the true American heroes. It's hard to imagine what Jim endured that day, but we are very grateful for the courage and bravery he displayed and glad he is going to be cheering us on in Charlotte as a member of our ExtenZe Racing team."
The 'ExtenZe Local Hero' program pays tribute to people who have gone to great lengths to make a difference. Those selected have faced danger, sacrificed their own safety for others or in some way displayed leadership that changed their community for the better. Award recipients become ExtenZe Racing Honorary Crew Chiefs, receive a tour of the paddock, attend the pre-race NASCAR Driver/Crew Chief meeting, and sit atop the pit box with Crew Chief Peter Sospenzo to root on rookie driver Kevin Conway piloting the royal blue and red No. 34 ExtenZe Ford Fusion. Each recipient also receives a $1,000 award from ExtenZe, the world's best selling male enhancement product, in recognition of their selflessness.
Fans can visit www.ExtenZeRacing.com to nominate their own local heroes or review who has been previously chosen. Also be sure to check in on Facebook/Twitter feeds for the latest information on ExtenZe Racing and Kevin Conway.