Veteran earns Soldier's Medal for chemical leak rescue


STEWARDSON, Ill (WAND)- In April 2016, Master Sergeant Timothy Kessler was driving to work when he smelled an odd smell. It turned out to be anhydrous ammonia that was leaking in the town of Stewardson. 

Kessler found a car sitting in the middle of the road with a woman stuck inside. He rolled up to help her get out before she suffered respiratory problems. Police say 20 people suffered from respiratory problems in the town. 

"I knew if she didn't get out of there she probably wouldn't make it today she wouldn't be here," Kessler said

Following the event Kessler was awarded the Soldier's Medal a significant award in the military. He was also given the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at the Cardinals game over the weekend. 

Current Conditions
  • Current Events

    • Coats for Kids Drive

      DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - You can help keep central Illinois children warm this winter by donating new and gently used coats during WAND-TV's Coats for Kids drive.

    • Agribusiness Today

      Get your agribusiness report here!

    • Web Exclusives

      Here at WAND we strive to bring you the latest coverage on news happening across central Illinois, and this page is a continuation of that effort.