Waterford community welcomes home a hero

Pfc. Ryan Brisson

The bitter cold couldn't stop a warm welcome in Waterford for a hometown hero.

"Just amazing, the overwhelming support of the whole community," said Tracy Savoie.

Escorted by police and fire crews, Private First Class Ryan Brisson returned home Thursday night, after receiving the Soldier's Medal for risking his life to save others.

The decoration is the Army's highest award for valor in peacetime.

Brisson's mother Tracy said, "I keep saying I can't believe it, but honestly, if you knew anything about Ryan, I can't even, I cry every time."

His friend Ray Carmel added, "I've known Ryan since tee ball, I mean we've been friends for over 20 years, it doesn't surprise me at all. He's always been a fearless kid."

Brisson is one of six soldiers to be recognized back in November for their bravery and heroism. The men rescued trapped crew members from a fiery helicopter crash in Kentucky.

"I just kind of ran in. I thought, my brother used to be in the army and if he was stuck in the helicopter I would want someone to get him out," Brisson explained.

The 25-year-old says he's no hero, but those he saved, his friends, his community, and his mom -- would beg to differ.

"I'm just so proud, I can't even, he knows, he's sick of hearing it really! He really is so kind of embarrassed about it!" said Savoie.

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