AF Officer Receives Purple Heart

An Air Force officer who chose to remain on duty after a rocket-propelled grenade hit his position received the Purple Heart medal during an Aug. 12 ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Lt. Col. Steven Fisher was serving as chief nurse at Camp Holland, Afghanistan, when the attack occurred. Fisher administered first aid to himself after taking a piece of shrapnel in his mouth and sustaining several other injuries. He still insisted on remaining at his station as officer in charge of the trauma bay and intensive care unit at Camp Holland, until he completed his deployment. He then was medevacked to the large hospital facility at Kandahar Air Base. He was serving with the 375th Medical Group at the time.