Chief Petty Officer Jeremy K. Torrisi Bravely Saved Four Lives in a
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today recognized
Chief Petty Officer Jeremy K. Torrisi at the Syracuse City Hall Common
Council Chambers with a State of New York Legislative Resolution upon the
occasion of receiving the Silver Star Medal for his heroic actions while
performing military service in Afghanistan.
“I am especially proud to honor Chief Petty Officer Torrisi,
who grew up in the 50th Senate District, and whose parents still reside
here,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “He should be commended for his
patriotism, dedication and strong commitment to our Nation.”
Torrisi received a Silver Star Medal for his actions in a firefight.
He headed toward the firefight to provide support to his team despite being
given a do not enter order because of the danger. He jumped out of his
vehicle and ran 50 meters through enemy fire to administer care to soldiers
in the rear vehicle.
He then ran 50 to 75 meters to the forward vehicle team to do the
same. Torrisi was unable to administer care due to sniper gunfire, so he
launched grenade rounds from an M-203 grenade launcher, and the assailing
gunfire stopped; this brave soldier was then able to administer aid to the
wounded team members of the forward vehicle.
He continued to administer aid to wounded members even after he had
been shot in the leg, until all of the other wounded team members had been
assisted, and then he aided in the evacuation of the wounded team members
to safer locations.
Torrisi’s actions saved the lives of four people, and for his brave
actions, he was awarded the Silver Star Medal, the third highest award
given for valor in the face of the enemy, on January 21, 2010, at the Camp
Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina.
“Answering the call to serve in this dangerous time in such an
incredibly heroic way is truly an inspiration to all of us. He has made
the world a safer place, not only for those whose lives he saved, but also
for each and every freedom-loving American citizen,” said Senator