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MUSKEGON NATIVE GIVEN ARMY'S SECOND-HIGHEST HONOR
(2007-02-22)
(wgvu) - MUSKEGON NATIVE STEVEN SANFORD WILL BE AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS FOR HEROISM DURING COMBAT IN IRAQ.

HE WAS AN ARMY CORPORAL WHEN WAS CRITICALLY INJURED IN NOVEMBER OF 2005 BY GUNFIRE DURING AN ENGAGEMENT WITH INSURGENTS IN MOSUL.

SANFORD AND OTHERS IN HIS UNIT RUSHED INTO A BUILDING TO RESCUE AMERICANS WHO WERE INJURED IN THE FIREFIGHT.

SANFORD WAS SHOT IN THE GROIN AREA OF HIS LEFT LEG WHEN HE TRIED TO PERFORM FIRST AID ON A MEMBER OF HIS UNIT WHO WAS SHOT AND BLEEDING TO DEATH IN THE STREET OUTSIDE.

SANFORD SAYS HE'S HONORED BY THE AWARD, BUT SAYS EVERYONE THERE THAT DAY DESERVES RECOGNITION FOR THEIR BRAVERY.

CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF GENERAL PETER PACE IS EXPECTED TO PRESENT THE AWARD TO SANFORD AT A CEREMONY AT FORT WAINWRIGHT IN ALASKA TONIGHT.

THE MAN SANFORD TRIED TO RESCUE LATER DIED.

SANFORD SAYS CHRISTOPHER ALCOZER OF DEKALB, ILLINOIS WAS ALSO APPROVED TO RECEIVE THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS.

THEY'LL BE THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH MEN SINCE THE VIETNAM WAR TO RECEIVE THE AWARD.

IT'S THE U-S ARMY'S SECOND HIGHEST RECOGNITION FOLLOWING THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR.
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