Local soldier honored with VFW Eagle Award
DANVILLE — A local soldier has been honored for his service in Iraq and Afghanistan, receiving the Pennsylvania VFW Eagle Award. During the Pennsylvania Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars’ State Convention in Lancaster, Staff Sergeant Robert J. Heckrote of Danville received the distinguished award.
Officials say Heckrote’s heroic actions saved lives during Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he put his life in danger to save several wounded soldiers. An incident took place on August 23rd, when Specialist Heckrote moved his HUMVEE into the line of fire to protect wounded soldiers from further injury in a parking lot in Ramadi.
Heckrote is a graduate of Bloomsburg University and is currently attending graduate school. Heckrote serves with the Pennsylvania Guard’s B Company, 3rd Battalion, 103rd Armor Regiment. (Ali Stevens)