MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Kirk Rohle, the Hampden-Sydney football player who ran into a burning building to save his friend, Ben Rogers, will be given an incredible honor in January.
For his act of heroism, Rohle will be honored Jan. 18 with the NCAA's Award of Valor as part of the annual NCAA Honors Celebration. The award is given to a collegiate athlete who shows courageous action and noteworthy bravery. It has only been given out 14 times in the last 38 years.
Rohle was instrumental in Hampden-Sydney's success both as a running back and team captain for the Tigers. He rushed for over 1,093 yards in 2011, which was an Old Dominion Athletic Conference best.
Rohle, a running back, followed offensive lineman Rogers for years as he cleared paths and created gaps for Rohle to dart through. On Jan. 25, 2012, Rohle darted faster than ever − and this time it was Rohle who made sure Rogers knew where to go. The dormitory that the pair shared caught fire in the middle of the night, and when all of the inhabitants had exited to safety, Rohle realized Rogers was still inside. Rohle stormed back into the house, and suffered severe burns trying to save his friend. Both would be able to escape.