Missouri man to receive Medal of Valor for actions following Mendon Amtrak crash

FILE - A worker inspects the scene of an Amtrak train that derailed after striking a dump...
FILE - A worker inspects the scene of an Amtrak train that derailed after striking a dump truck, June 27, 2022, near Mendon, Mo. The poor design of a rural Missouri railroad crossing contributed to the fatal Amtrak derailment in 2022 that killed four people and injured 146 others, the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2023. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)(Charlie Riedel | AP)
Published: Sep. 27, 2023 at 3:05 PM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

MENDON, Mo. (KCTV) - A state employee will be honored for risking his life to save others following a deadly Amtrak train crash in Mendon, Missouri, last year.

Missouri Department of Conservation Agent Donald Fessler will be awarded the Medal of Valor during a ceremony in Jefferson City Thursday afternoon. Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe will present the medal.

Fessler is one of many people who helped following the Amtrak crash near Mendon, Missouri, on on June 27, 2022.

The crash killed three train passengers and the driver of the truck. Another 146 passengers and crew members were injured.

ALSO READ: Family sues Independence School District claiming sexual assault at elementary school

The National Transportation Safety Board determined the design of the rural train crossing contributed to the crash. It found the angle of the intersection combined with the steep road contributed to the collision between a dump truck and the Amtrak train.

Missouri’s Medal of Valor is given to someone who exhibits exceptional courage, decisiveness and swift actions. It is Missouri’s highest public safety award.