2014 Angels of the Battlefield Honorees Announced
Five Heroes Who Have Saved Lives During Combat,Will Be Honored by Armed Services YMCA at Upcoming Gala.
February, 27, 2014, Washington, D.C. – Five heroic medics, corpsmen and pararescuemen have been chosen as this year’s ‘Angels of the Battlefield’, sponsored by the Armed Services YMCA. The two women and three
men represent each of the five service branches of the U.S. military, and have been chosen for providing lifesaving medical treatment, often on the battlefield under fire, and while disregarding their own safety.
“These are the men and women that bring our heroes back to us safe and sound. These service members face extreme danger to offer crucial life-saving treatment, often minutes after an injury. This immediate care is what makes the difference in life and death on the battlefield,” says Mike Landers, President and CEO of Armed Services YMCA.
The service members were chosen by their Service Chiefs, and will accept their awards at the 8th Annual ‘Angels of the Battlefield Gala’ March 26, in Washington, D.C. The 2014 Angels include:
• SrA Taylor Renfro, a 23-year-old Air Force medic from Jacksonville, IL, who has both provided lifesaving treatment, and received it. She was saved by another medic when her vehicle was hit by an IED
(improvised explosive device) in Afghanistan.
• SGT Kristopher Ritterhouse, a 26-year-old Army medic from Bullhead, AZ, 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.
• HM1 Kevin Toland, a 32-year-old Marine corpsman from Atlanta, GA, who triaged and treated patients saving many lives, when an IED (improvised explosive device) hit a local bazaar in Afghanistan.
• HM2 Michael Marchante, a 27-year-old Navy corpsman from Murrieta, CA, who treated a severely wounded soldier in Afghanistan while under active fire. Marchante used his body to shield the victim from
• HSN1 Janet Combs, a 31-year-old Coast Guard corpsman from Miami Beach, FL, who has treated hundreds of patients including two rescued from the water when their helicopter went down, a critical stroke
victim, and many others. She is known for motivating her personnel and compassion for her patients and their families.
The Gala to honor the service members will feature entertainment by country music star, Savannah Berry, finalist from NBC’s the Voice, and a keynote address by Admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld, Vice Chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Approximately 350 guests are expected to attend, including senior military and enlisted service members alike. Sponsorships for the evening are still available.
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, visitwww.asymca.org.
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