August 17, 2011

Hero Week 3

“He never knew doubt. He never knew the phrase ‘I can’t.’ Chris lived his life the way most people only wish they could.”
       -Lori Hrbek, sister

Awarded the Bronze Star (an excerpt from the award ceremony):

“On 23 December 2009 enemy forces engaged Sergeant Hrbek’s dismounted patrol from multiple directions.  He quickly assessed the situation and boldly maneuvered his squad to a tactical advantage to effectively engage the enemy.  While readily moving under enemy fire, Sergeant Hrbek skillfully led his squad while they suppressed the enemy, allowing the remainder of the patrol to maneuver from the enemy engagement area.  During pursuit of the enemy, a patrol member stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device resulting in the immediate amputation of the victim’s legs.  Without hesitation and at great risk to his own life, Sergeant Hrbek left his covered position while moving under enemy fire and IED threat to assist the casualty.  He expertly applied tourniquets and pressure dressings, saving the victim’s life.  After evacuating the injured Marines, Sergeant Hrbek continued the mission and led his patrol to address an IED discovered the previous day.  On 14 January 2010, Sergeant Hrbek’s vehicle patrol struck an IED.  He was mortally wounded by a subsequent IED blast while moving about the patrol to assess the tactical situation and the condition of his Marines.  By his zealous initiative, courageous actions, and exceptional dedication to duty, Sergeant Hrbek reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.”

Mr. Joshua:
5 Rds
30 Glute Ham Sit Ups
15 Deadlifts


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