D-M Airmen receive Purple Heart - Tucson News Now

D-M Airmen receive Purple Heart

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It was a big honor today for three Davis Monthan airmen who received the Purple Heart award after an attack overseas nearly one year ago.

The three brave soldiers accepted the Purple Heart for encountering a close call that left them injured.

It's one of the oldest and most prestigious military honors for those injured or killed while fighting for our country.

The ceremony took place on base Friday.

The Purple Heart is pinned proudly on Airman First Class Michael Kristopik.

"It's just a part of the situation you're in. The danger is there. You don't want to get hurt but sometimes it happens."

It was 10 months ago when these three airmen were wounded in Afghanistan after a rocket attack on their building.

"You could feel the heat from it and the shock wave was immense. It knocked you straight to the ground."

He had cuts all over his stomach and face, but he, along with Airman First Class Tyler Angelo and Garron Reeves, managed to help others.

"It was all about just getting everyone through [and] making sure everyone is okay, it was really quick. Everyone's training kicked in and got to the hospital."

It's an attack none of them will forget, and an honor that 150 fellow soldiers came to witness.

And their humble attitude speaks volume.

"I just signed up to serve and help and do what I can."

Kristopik tells me he plans to stay in the Air Force for another 20 years, hopefully promote and retire.

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