Thune honors South Dakota family with Congressional medal

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Rapid City, SD A South Dakota family received a big honor from Senator John Thune, Thursday.

He posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to Thomas Roberts - the founder of South Dakota's Civil Air Patrol wing in 1941.

Roberts served as the first wing commander during World War II.

His daughter accepted the medal in his place.

Nancy Seger, Thomas Roberts Daughter, said "I say he would've been humbled. And a little embarassed I think because he was doing what he thought was right. He was that kind of guy."

South Dakota Senator John Thune said "Being able to recognize his daughter Nancy, who was here on his behalf today, is a really special thing. Any time I get an opportunity to do that - to recognize South Dakotans past and present who have contributed so much to our state, it's a great big privilege."

The Civil Air Patrol helps with emergency services including search and recuses.

The organization also works to train the younger generation on the importance of flight.