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Timothy Edward McDonell

Date of birth: 24-Jul-69
Place of Birth: New York, Buffalo
Home of record: Buffalo New York


Airman's Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 2, 1926 (as amended July 6, 1960), takes pleasure in presenting the Airman's Medal to Master Sergeant Timothy Edward McDonell, United States Air Force, for heroism involving voluntary risk of life while serving with the 407th Civil Engineering Squadron at Tallil Air Base, Iraq, on 28 September 2004. On that date, responding to a power outage, Sergeant McDonell arrived on the scene where two individuals were working on the high voltage section of a power distribution center. Occurring immediately upon Sergeant McDonell's arrival, one of the workers became entangled with the high voltage circuit that produced a blast, engulfing the working, instantly melting and burning the shirt off the worker's body. Hearing the blast and realizing the worker was being electrocuted by the energized 2,400 volt line, Sergeant McDonell, with complete disregard for his own safety, immediately attempted to remove the victim from the high voltage circuit. After several failed attempts, Sergeant McDonell, despite the hazard of being shocked by the lethal voltage and without insulating safety gear available, unhesitatingly reached in and pulled the victim off the high voltage line. Sergeant McDonell persevered in his humanitarian efforts until he successfully moved the severely burned victim to a place of safety, preventing more severe injuries or possible loss of life. By his courageous action and humanitarian regard for his fellowman, Sergeant McDonell has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: 28-Sep-04

Service: Air Force

Rank: Master Sergeant

Company: 407th Civil Engineering Squadron