President Trump awarded our nation’s highest honor to then-Staff Sergeant Ronald J. Shurer for his heroic actions while serving in the U.S. Army.

On April 6, 2008, Shurer and members of his team were pinned down on a mountainside under heavy enemy fire. Shurer fought his way across a barrage of bullets to treat and rescue wounded soldiers, using his body to shield others from ongoing fire and debris. He carried the wounded down the mountainside, and after loading the soldiers into an evacuation helicopter, retook control of his commando squad and rejoined the fight.

Shurer’s heroic actions saved the lives of many that day.

Ron “is an inspiration to everyone in this room and to every citizen all across our great land,” President Trump said at yesterday’s ceremony. “Ron, our hearts are filled with gratitude and joy as we prepare to engrave your name alongside of America’s greatest heroes.”

A year and a half ago, Shurer was diagnosed with cancer—but that hasn’t dampened his resolve one bit. “He’s been fighting it every single day with courage and with strength,” the President said. “He’s a warrior. He’s a warrior.”

Read moreRonald Shurer’s heroic story

Source: White House

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