A Senior Airmen with the 88th communication squadron who was injured in Afghanistan a year ago has died. Wright Patterson Air Force Base announced that Tre Porfirio passed away Sunday morning while visiting friends over the Thanksgiving holiday. He was 22 years old.
Last week, in a ceremony at the National Museum of the United State Air force in Dayton Ohio, Senior Airmen Tre Porfirio received the Purple Heart. On Nov. 21 2009 Tre was shot 3 times by Afghan insurgents. Those three bullets have resulted in more than 20 surgeries. Tre's recovery has involved some ground breaking medical techniques. At last night's ceremony Airmen Porfirio talked about his personal fight for life.
Porfirio says, "It's been a battle, lot a help from Community, squadron, my Girl and baby... it makes it easier."
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