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Col Tom Owens, commander of the 106th Rescue Wing congratulates Staff Sgt. Matthew Zimmer after presenting him with the Bronze Star with V for Valor. Photo: Senior Airman Carissa Cantone, NY Air National Guard
Col Tom Owens, commander of the 106th Rescue Wing congratulates Staff Sgt. Matthew Zimmer after presenting him with the Bronze Star with V for Valor. Photo: Senior Airman Carissa Cantone, NY Air National Guard

New York airman receives 2nd heroism medal

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A member of a New York Air National Guard unit based on Long Island has been awarded a medal for bravery in Afghanistan for the second time in six months.

National Guard officials say Staff Sgt. Matthew Zimmer of Westhampton Beach received the Bronze Star with Valor during a ceremony held earlier this month at the Air National Guard base on Long Island that's home to the 106th Rescue Wing.

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Zimmer was part of a four-member Air Force rescue team that saved the life of a Marine who had been seriously injured by a roadside bomb in February 2012.

In December 2013, Zimmer received the same medal for heroism for a rescue mission in Afghanistan a year earlier. He was among six members of the 106th honored for rescuing wounded American soldiers.

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