Five Battlefield Heroes to be Awarded at D.C. Gala March 26

Armed Services YMCA Honors Five Corpsmen and Medics Who Have Heroically Saved Lives

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WHAT:

Five heroic corpsmen and medics will be honored as Angels of the Battlefield,' at the 8th Annual Gala sponsored by the Armed Services YMCA on March 26. The two women and three men, representing each of the five service branches of the U.S. military have been chosen for providing life-saving medical treatment, often on the battlefield under fire, and while disregarding their own safety.  More than 300 guests, including senior military and enlisted service members alike, will gather to honor the 2014 heroes.

 

WHO:

2014 Angels Honorees:

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Senior Airman Taylor Renfro, a 23-year-old Air Force medic from Jacksonville, Ill., who has both provided life-saving treatment and received it. Renfro was saved by another medic when her vehicle was hit by an IED (improvised explosive device) in Afghanistan.

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Sgt. Kristopher Ritterhouse, a 26-year-old Army medic from Bullhead, Ariz., who continued to provide medical treatment for others after being seriously injured himself in a battle in Afghanistan. Despite his own injuries, he returned to search for more casualties while under fire.

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Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Kevin Toland, a 32-year-old Marine corpsman from Atlanta, Ga., who triaged and treated patients saving many lives when an IED hit a local bazaar in Afghanistan.

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Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Michael Marchante, a 26-year-old Navy corpsman from Murrieta, Calif., who treated a severely wounded soldier in Afghanistan while under active fire. Marchante used his body to shield the solider from further injury.

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Petty Officer 1st Class and Health Services Technician Janet Combs, a 31-year-old Coast Guard corpsman from Miami Beach, Fla., who has treated hundreds of patients including two rescued from the water when their helicopter went down, a critical stroke victim, and many others. Combs is known for motivating her personnel and compassion for her patients and their families.

 

Program Participants:

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Adm. James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr., Vice-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will deliver the keynote address.

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Kim Dozier, Associated Press, will serve as the Emcee.

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Country music stars Savannah Berry, finalist from NBC’s the Voice and Grammy Award winner Kristian Bush will perform.

 

WHEN:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

6:30 p.m. Reception

7:30 p.m. Program begins

8:15 p.m. Musical performances

8:30 p.m. Adm. Winnefeld, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Remarks

8:45 p.m. Angel Honoree Award Presentation

9:30 p.m. Gala concludes

 

WHERE:

The Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

 

For more information, please contact: Meredith Resnick, Hayes Group (202) 549-0807 mresnick@hayespr.com

The Armed Services YMCA is a top-rated 501(c)(3) charity. ASYMCA provides services and support programs for junior enlisted service members and their families at 45 of military installations across the U.S. They offer childcare, wounded warrior support, spouse and deployment assistance, and other programs to help make military life easier. For more information on ASYMCA, visit www.asymca.org.

Contacts

Hayes Group
Meredith Resnick, 202-549-0807
mresnick@hayespr.com

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Contacts

Hayes Group
Meredith Resnick, 202-549-0807
mresnick@hayespr.com