Templeton soldier credited with quick action in Iraq
A Templeton combat medic is credited for his quick, life-saving action for members of a local guard unit.
Five members of the Ford City National Guard Co. A, 1/112th Infantry, including a New Bethlehem soldier, were injured March 29 when an improvised explosive device detonated near Tikrit, Iraq.
Medics SSG Shawn Hamil of Templeton and SSG James Zaremba of New Kensington provided initial aid to the wounded soldiers and lessened the severity of wounds for most of the soldiers according to Capt. Corey Angell, Pennsylvania National Guard Information Officer at Fort Indiantown Gap, who released the information yesterday.
Hamil is a certified paramedic and is the immediate response captain for Pine Township Volunteer Fire Department.
According to Angell, seven soldiers were investigating an explosion involving a convoy of vehicles and mechanized armor when a second device exploded injuring five soldiers.
Among the injured were Spc. Charles J. Ammerman of New Bethlehem, who received bruises to his face and left ear. After treatment in Tikrit, he was returned to duty.
Spc. Paul Statzer of Zelinople suffered the most serious injuries and was immediately flown to the intensive care unit at Walter Reed Army Hospital near Washington.
Sgt Chad M. Barnhardt of Butler suffered a ruptured ear drum and SFC Joseph B. Ackerson of Marion Center sustained shrapnel wounds to his head, face, back and right arm. Both were treated at an Army medical facility in Tikrit.
Also treated in Iraq was Sgt. Stephen J. Ceriani of Beaver Falls. The blast ruptured Ceriani's right ear drum and he sustained shrapnel wounds to his right arm.