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Meghan Polis Receives New York State Conspicuous Service Medal

NEW YORK, June 5, 2017 – Meghan Polis, Chief Warrant Officer 2 and Vice President of Municipals at Drexel Hamilton, received the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal when the helicopter she was flying was first on scene to a deadly plane crash on February 26, 2017. The seven members of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion were credited with the saving a man’s life.

Meghan Polis, Chief Warrant Officer 2 and Vice President in Municipals at Drexel Hamilton, received the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal when the helicopter she was flying completed a search and rescue of a pilot in a deadly plane crash on February 26, 2017. Pictured above (on right) with her crew chief, Specialist Arlene Noschese, another New York State Conspicuous Service Medal awardee.

According to the United States Army, the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal is awarded for those who distinguish themselves by exceptionally meritorious service in a capacity of great responsibility.

Polis reflected, “We were in the right place at the right time and did exactly what we were trained to do. As guardsmen, we’re ordinary citizens trained to be extraordinary.”

“Those of us who have worked with Meghan were not surprised at her handling of the situation. Her attention to detail and willingness to help those around her in any situation has made her a tremendous asset to our firm, and obviously those traits were also vital to her response and that of the entire Guard,” expressed Tom Mead, Managing Director of Municipals and Chief Operating Officer at Drexel Hamilton.

Read the full story on the United States Army website:
New York National Guard Soldiers save civilian pilot from fiery crash

Seven members of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion were credited with the saving a man’s life.


About Meghan Polis

Meghan Polis is a Vice President in Municipal Syndicate at Drexel Hamilton, LLC. Meghan attended Sacred Heart University, in Fairfield CT, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Upon graduation, Meghan started a career in software engineering, working with a team of Energy Research Analysts to create customized analytics and financial reporting software applications.

In 2011, Meghan joined the U.S. Army National Guard (NY) as a UH-60 Blackhawk Technician. After a few years, she decided to pursue a military career in the cockpit and attended flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama. During her time as a pilot, Meghan played an integral part in Superstorm Sandy Relief efforts, and has fought wildfires across the state. Meghan continues to fly with the NY National Guard while she balances her duties to the state and country with her career at Drexel Hamilton.

A family tradition, National Guardsman, CW2 Meghan Polis is joined by her father, CW4 Stephen Polis and grandfather, CW4 Thomas Polis as they proudly watched the ceremony.

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