Assembly passes resolution honoring Bellavia for Medal of Honor

Posted 17 June 2019 at 9:49 am

Press Release, State Assemblyman Steve Hawley

ALBANY – Coinciding with the 244th anniversary of the United State Army, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) had the privilege of unanimously passing an Assembly Resolution Thursday in Albany honoring Albion resident and United States Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia for receiving the Medal of Honor. The medal will be presented to him by President Trump on June 25 at the White House.

Staff Sgt. Bellavia will become the first living Iraq War veteran to receive the Medal of Honor after bravely rescuing his entire squad who had become trapped during the Battle of Fallujah. He then proceeded to engage the enemy, killing four and wounding a fifth, which ultimately led to the safety of three squads of the Third Platoon.

“Staff Sgt. David Bellavia is a true example of the American courage, bravery and heroics that have forged our great nation and he is beyond deserving of this tremendous honor,” Hawley said. “His willingness to put the lives and protection of others above himself during the Iraq War’s most intense battle is a priceless act of selflessness to which we should all emulate and, for that, he is an American hero. I am honored to recognize Staff Sgt. Bellavia for his service to our nation and thank him for his sacrifices in protecting our country and its citizens.”

Click here to see the Assembly resolution.

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