Matar awarded Medal of Valor

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By The Staff

A Charleston firefighter and paramedic who is a former Vandalia resident and volunteer firefighter was awarded a Medal of Valor on Monday night for his actions during a fire on Interstate 57 early last month.

Phillip Matar was traveling on I-57 between Tuscola and Pesotum on May 8 when he came across a burning car in the median.
The back end of the car was on fire, and the driver was unconscious. Matar jumped on the hood and broke the windshield out and, with assistance from two other motorists, pulled the man out of the car.
Matar and a nurse who had also stopped for the accident provided medical assistance until emergency responders arrived on the scene.
Matar and his wife, Alyssa (Telger), live in Charleston with their two daughters. He is the son of David and Karen Stokes of Brownstown, and Russ Matar of Effingham.