Kalen Lawson Twitter post

The sheriff of Polk County, Florida, on his Twitter page said U.S. Army soldier Kalen Lawson of Killeen was injured early Thursday morning while helping a victim of a hit-and-run.

A soldier from Killeen was injured in Florida when he stopped with a friend to help a woman who had just been hit by a car about 2:20 a.m. Thursday morning. The soldier was hit by another hit-and-run driver while he was rendering aid, according to the Polk County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said on Twitter that Kalen Lawson, 20, of Killeen, “is our hero” and that Lawson suffered a broken leg in the hit-and-run near Lakeland, Florida.

The woman Lawson and his friend were trying to help died after being hit by the second hit-and-run driver, according to the sheriff’s news release.

Florida law enforcement officials are investigating the accident. 

Emily Hilley-Sierzchula is reporter for the Killeen Daily Herald. Reach her at emilys@kdhnews.com

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