WASHINGTON — The Armed Services YMCA is showing its gratitude to military medics and corpsmen for taking lifesaving action while disregarding their own safety.
The nonprofit organization is holding its annual “Angels of the Battlefield” event Wednesday night in Washington. The five winners represent the five branches of the U.S. armed forces.
They include Wayne Papalski, a Navy corpsman from Secaucus, New Jersey, who helped rescued a civilian hiker stranded on Mount Baker in Washington state in January.
Another honoree, Army medic Jay Shearer of Escondido, California, saved the life of a Marine who was dismembered by an improvised explosive device he was trying to dismantle.
The Armed Services YMCA is headquartered in Springfield, Virginia. It has 34 branches and affiliates supporting 45 of the nation’s largest military installations.