British soldier receives medal for fighting Ebola

A worker cares for an Ebola patient. FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images

For her brave work to save the lives of others, while putting herself in life threatening conditions, Lt Col Alison McCourt of Llandrindod Wells, Wales, has been awarded a medal specifically created to recognize efforts of those who were involved in fighting Ebola. According to BBC News, Prime Minister David Cameron said the metals were a tribute to the dedication of over 3,000 people who were involved in fighting the deadly disease. McCourt served in Sierra Leone as a commanding officer during the Ebola crisis and, in a video interview with BBC News, she said that even though the environment was strenuous, the work was “incredibly rewarding.” The new medals feature the words “For Service” on one side with the West Africa Ebola Epidemic, and the other side depicts a portrait of the Queen.

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