Todd Angell, a navy medic was recently awarded a Silver Star for gallantry in action. The medal is the third highest U.S. military honor for combat valor. The medal was presented at a ceremony at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina in front of his family and friends earlier this month.
He was close to some injured men in Afghanistan and knew if he waited for the patrol's vehicles to navigate difficult terrain, it would be too late for the Marine who lost his leg. The Bethel native, with no regard for his own safety, ran to the Marine through an area known to contain explosives.
He is credited with saving several lives.
A close friend of his lost both his legs but survived thanks to Angell. His friend pinned the Silver Star on Angell at the awards ceremony.
Angell was selected as the 2012 Memorial Day Parade grand marshall. He enlisted at age 17, was sent to war at 20, and is now 22 years old and headed to a career in law enforcement in Tampa, Florida in September.
But Angell says Bethel will always be his home.