Wright-Patt airman recognized at Pentagon for actions in Afghanistan

A Wright-Patterson airman who rushed to a bomb explosion site to treat critically injured service members was honored by top Air Force leaders in a “Portraits of Courage” ceremony Friday at the Pentagon.

Sr. Airman Joshua O’Sullivan was deployed to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan for less than a month when a Nov. 12 explosion near his barracks seriously injured fellow service members, according to Wright-Patterson.

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O’Sullivan, a respiratory therapist with the 88th Medical Group, was the first medic at the explosion site, helping save the lives of 12 U.S. military personnel and an allied coalition member, according to the Air Force.

He received the Air Force Commendation medal for his actions.

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O’Sullivan, 27, an Elizabeth, Illinois, native, was a former emergency medical technician before he joined the Air Force six years ago, according to Wright-Patterson.

He was among 22 Air Force individuals and units to receive recognition Friday at the Pentagon ceremony.

Cox Media Group Ohio staff writer Amy Rollins contributed to this story.

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