Ryan Pitts and his friends and family react immediately after the gavel in his hands broke at the New York Stock Exchange. (Screen grab from NYSE video)

Just two days after receiving the nation’s highest award for battlefield valor, the Medal of Honor, former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday.

The gavel never stood a chance.

The New York Stock Exchange wanted to make sure Pitts didn’t worry about the accident: