A 31-year-old sailor from Avon has been awarded the Silver Star for his actions in combat in Afghanistan.

Petty Officer First Class Amilcar Rodriguez, a 1998 graduate of Avon High School, received the nation’s third highest award for valor in combat as well as the Purple Heart during a ceremony on June 24 at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

The Navy says Rodriguez, a medic, was shot three times on Nov. 6, 2009 while rescuing a wounded Marine in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan.  Officials say he continued to oversee that Marine’s treatment, and treated other wounded colleagues, despite his own serious injuries.

Rodriguez is now assigned to the Naval Special Operations Medical Institute at Fort Bragg.


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