Christopher A. Pettey, Jr.
Awarded: Knight Commander’s Medal
Knight Commander J. Michael Duncan bestowed the Knight Commander’s Medal upon Christopher Pettey at the 2011 Emerging Leaders Academy in Lexington, Virginia.
Terrell D. Webb, Daniel R. Brinson, and Chris Pettey, young men from Nu Chapter at Auburn University, came upon a terrible highway accident one night in September of 2006 and heard screams from a young lady in a car which had been hit head-on by a drunk driver. Both cars were twisted together and in flames near the woods on the side of the roadway. Web, Brinson, and Pettey responded to her screams and disregarded their own safety, broke the window and pulled Ms. Jolean Harris to safety. Ms. Harris was an 18 year old waitress from Lafayette, Ala. Even though two other individuals couldn’t be saved and perished in the wreckage that night, Ms. Harris went through months of rehabilitation and is currently enrolled at Southern Union State College. Ms. Harris’ injuries were so severe that doctors initially thought she might never walk again, but due to the actions of Brothers Webb, Brinson, and Pettey, her life was saved.
Daniel and Terrell were both recognized at the Convention in 2007, but it wasn‘t until 2011 that the Order learned of Chris’s involvement in this heroic act.
Chris comes from a long line of KAs at Auburn, including his father, grandfather, uncle, brother and cousin.