Staff Sgt. Michael R. Tester

Staff Sgt. Michael R. Tester of Summersville, who is a non-commissioned officer serving with Alpha Battery in Tompkinsville with the Kentucky National Guard's 1/623rd FA, was recently presented with the Kentucky Medal of Valor, the commonwealth's highest military honor. Tester is shown far right with his wife, Lindsey, and their daughter, Emily. Shown at left is Gov. Matt Bevin who presented Tester with the award. 

GLASGOW – Staff Sgt. Michael R. Tester with the Kentucky National Guard was recently awarded the Kentucky Medal for Valor, the commonwealth's highest military honor.

Tester of Summersville in Green County is a non-commissioned officer serving with Alpha Battery in Tompkinsville for the Kentucky National Guard's 1/623rd FA Regiment.

He was presented the award by Gov. Matt Bevin during the 139th National Guard Association of the United States General Conference and Exhibition in Louisville.

“In September last year he was at home in Summersville and there was a car crash directly in front of his home,” said Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond with the Kentucky National Guard's public affairs office at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort. “Staff Sgt. Tester was first on the scene and had his family to call 911.”

Tester performed CPR on one of the crash victims until firefighters with the Summersville Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene. He continued to assist the firefighters until the crash victim was taken to a hospital, Raymond said.

Tester says he is honored to have received the award.

“I don't really know how to adequately express my gratitude for those put me in for the award,” he said. “I'm very appreciative of the recognition, but it's also very humbling. Of course the events in which this surrounds, they were very tragic and unfortunate.”

Tester has served with the Kentucky National Guard since 2003.