Marine with robotic leg braces awarded Bronze Star

Nov 21, 2014 4:54 PM by News Staff

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Marine Corps officials say a special operations officer left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan walked using robotic leg braces in a ceremony to award him a Bronze Star.

The event Friday at Camp Pendleton also marked the retirement of Capt. Derek Herrera after 8 ½ years in the Marine Corps.

The special operations officer was honored with the Bronze Star for his actions on June 14, 2012, when the patrol he was leading came under heavy fire in Afghanistan. Herrera continued coordinating efforts while receiving treatment for his own spinal injury and collapsed left lung.

Herrera was the first person in the United States to own the ReWalk system, a robotic exoskeleton.

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