Fallen Paratrooper honored with aid station
April 28, 2009
BAGHDAD - For those who knew Sgt. Mathew Sandri, it couldn't be more fitting.
Members of Company C, 82nd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, honored Sandri, a squad leader in the unit's treatment platoon who was killed in action March 20, 2004, by dedicating the battalion's aid station to his memory.
A native of Shamokin, Pa., Sandri was killed during a rocket attack on Forward Operating Base St. Mere Eglise in Fallujah, Iraq.
"Sgt. Sandri epitomized what we expect of our combat medics," said Capt. Ken Lutz, commander of Company C. "This unit strives for a standard that we will forever associate Sgt. Sandri with. It is for that reason that as part of its standard operating procedure, this Brigade's [medical service company] will associate the title "Sandri" with its presence on the battlefield."
The newly renovated Sandri Medical Treatment Facility provides life-saving trauma treatment and consultation for the Coalition Forces in eastern Baghdad Province. It is the largest medical treatment facility in the brigade's area of operations. The facility houses a laboratory, X-ray machines, physically therapy and dental healthcare services.
The doctors and medics of the Sandri Medical Treatment Facility currently treat more than one hundred patients weekly. Sgt. Sandri's family maintains regular contact with the Company C and provides support to its Paratroopers.
"We are honored that you have welcomed us into your formation," read a statement sent to the unit by Bob and Annette Sandri, Sgt. Sandri's parents. "Just as Matt has inspired you to name this medical treatment facility in his honor, so you continue to inspire us with your selfless dedication and commitment, and your service to our nation."