Local man awarded Medal of honor

Local man awarded Medal of honor


ING TO FEEL HOPELESS ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO DO IF THE WATER LEVELS DON’T GO DOWN. KAYLA, THANK YOU. THE I.J.C. TOLD US THIS TODAY, OUR ATTENTION IS ON PROVIDING ALL POSSIBLE RELIEF FROM FLOOD ING IMPACTS. AND THE BOARD HAS BEEN CONTINUOUSLY MONITORING CONDITIONS IN THE BASIN. A LOCAL IRAQ WAR VETERAN WILL RECEIVE THE MEDAL OF HONOR TOMORROW IS IN WASHINGTON D.C. TONIGHT. BATAVIA NATIVE DAVID BELLAVIA MET WITH THE MEN AND WOMEN HE SERVED WITH IN IRAQ TODAY. AN IMPORTANT REUNION. HE WILL BE THE FIRST LIVING VETERAN OF THE IRAQ WAR TO GET THE MEDAL OF HONOR. CHRIS REPORTS FROM THE PENTAGON. IF DAVID BELLAVIA SAT IN THIS ROOM WITH A FEW MEMBERS FROM HIS OLD SQUAD, HE NOTED THAT THIS ALMOST FEELS AWKWARD. WHEN I HAD THE CHANCE TO SIT DOWN WITH HIM ONE ON ONE, I ASKED HIM WHY. IT’S SO AWKWARD, YOU KNOW, TO BE SINGLED OUT. IT’S NOT THE WAY WE DO THINGS. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE TEAM. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MISSION. BELLAVIA WAS A STAFF SERGEANT ON NOVEMBER 10, 2004, HIS PLATOON WAS TRAPPED BY INSURGE EBTS WHEN HE TOOK ACTION. HE WAS ABLE TO PROVIDE ENOUGH COVER FOR HIS SQUAD TO ESCAPE AND KILLED FOUR OF THE ATTACKERS RETIRED SERGEANT FIRST CLASS COLLIN FITS. I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU THAT WERE THE NOT FOR DAVID BELLAVIA, I WOULDN’T BE SITTING HERE TODAY WE COULDN’T GET OUT. WE COULDN’T DO ANYTHING. WE WERE STUCK THERE AND I HAD TO ASK DAVID TO HELP ME OUT AND HE DID THAT. BELLAVIA FOUND OUT HE WOULD RECEIVE THE HONOR MONTHS AGO. NOW HE IS JUST ONE DAY AWAY FROM IT GOING THE MEDAL OF HONOR, HE IS STARTING TO FEEL THE GRAVITY OF THE SITUATION. WHEN YOU ARE IN THE PENTAGON IT’S CERTAINLY, THIS IS REAL NOW OBVIOUSLY IT’S REAL. IT’S HAPPENING. YOU KNOW, I CAN’T REALLY ENJOY WHAT IS HAPPENING BECAUSE IT’S JUST, I’M SO FOCUSED ON HOW EVERYONE ELSE IS, YOU KNOW, I WANT EVERYONE TO EXPERIENCE THESE THINGS. AT HOME THERE IS MUCH SPECULATION ABOUT WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR BELLAVIA. HE IS CURRENTLY A RADIO COMMENTATOR ON WBEN AND THERE IS SPECULATION HE MAY BE A COVETED CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE BUT TODAY HE TOLD ME HE IS THINKING ABOUT THE ARMY FIRST. THE FIRST THING IS WHAT THE ARMY HAS IN STORE. IF THE SCHEDULE IS A TWO YEAR SCHEDULE OR THREE YEAR COMMITMENT, WHATEVER IT IS, THAT’S MY FIRST PRIORITY. MY FAMILY WOULD, MY COUNTRY IS FIRST, MY FAMILY IS SECOND. AND THEN MYSELF AND MY OWN AMBITION IS THIRD. THE MAIN EVENT IS TOMORROW AFTERNOON. THAT IS WHEN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WILL GIVE BELLAVIA THE MEDAL OF HONOR. GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE EAST ROOM OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND ALL EYES OF WESTERN NEW YORK WILL BE ON THAT MOMENT. THANK YOU, CHRIS. BELLAVIA WILL RECEIVE THE MEDAL OF HONOR TOMORROW AND WE WILL BE FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY RIGHT HERE ON NEWS 8. COMING UP, TAKING THE STRESS

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