Josephine Jaron Codilla said:
To me, the ultimate act of gallantry and heroism was displayed yesterday by someone who deserves maybe even more than the Medal of Valor. He literally put his life on the line to rescue hostages by removing his helmet, putting down his firearm and urging hard core terrorists face-to-face to free their hostages and allow the soldiers to bring the wounded to the hospital.
He requested all the units behind him to cease fire, to put off the engines of tanks in order not to agitate the enemies, many of whom were in a state of war shock. From 11:00 in the morning until almost 4:00 in the afternoon, with the help of soldiers from other units, women and children were moved to safety. After 4:00 p.m., fighting resumed.
Allow me to extend the gratitude of a grateful nation to our living hero, CPT JEFF BUADA, 15th Scout Ranger Company. Your courage and gallantry were witnessed by so many, they will live to tell the tale. God bless you, Sir.