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Friday, December 9, 2022

A legendary Army bomb tech who was paralyzed and learned to walk again has retired from the military | Task and Purpose

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Sgt. 1st Class Jeffery Dawson was a member of the elite explosive ordnance disposal squad of the 28th Ordnance Company. Throughout his career, Dawson defused hundreds of explosives, saved the lives of many military comrades, and narrowly escaped death under fire. Less than a year after being wounded in the chest, Dawson walked 3,1 miles independently after recuperating from a gunshot wound. He was the first Army bomb technician to be promoted from “honorary member” to “distinguished member” of the Ranger Regiment. Jeffrey Dawson and Private First Class Samuel Crockett was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the second-highest decoration for heroism in the United States. EOD troops have rendered more than 100,000 improvised explosive devices safe in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2006. The EOD technician used his metal detector and his own eyes to find and detonate pressure plate explosive (PGE) devices. In 2013, Jeffrey Dawson was wounded on a deployment in Afghanistan. A medic saved his life by using a chest tube to inflate his collapsing lungs and exposing his spinal cord. Within a year of his accident, he had regained the ability to stand and walk, walking 5 kilometers independently. The EOD tech has since walked a 10k and took part in a triathlon without assistance. The 35-year-old citizen of North Carolina wants to “keep as active as possible.”

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