SSG Michael Espejo, Jr.
December 10, 2008
By U.S. Army
When Staff Sergeant Michael Espejo, Jr. began delivering aid to a man clad in an Afghan policeman's uniform injured in a firefight, he immediately found himself deflecting an attack. The injured man had wired himself to explode. Espejo separated himself from the suicide bomber, fell back, and instructed him in English and Pashto to surrender. When the bomber went to activate the explosives, Espejo quickly shot him. His sharp thinking and precise firing saved the lives of four other U.S. Soldiers, several Afghan policemen, and two State Department employees.
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