A Galloway man will be honored for the Bronze Star and Purple Heart he received while serving in Afghanistan at a special ceremony Saturday.

New Jersey Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Mike Sears will attend the event at the 177th Fighter Wing at the Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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Sears, a former Marine, and father of three, served in Afghanistan from summer 2012 to December, according to his wife, Jennifer Sears. He works as an explosive ordnance technician for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

On Sept. 29, Sears was traveling on a road in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, when his unit was ambushed.

During a two-hour firefight, Sears provided life-saving aid to a fallen coalition soldier from Poland, ran five times through a 150-yard open area riddled with enemy machine gun fire to direct his team in returning fire, and continued on with the fight even after being knocked temporarily unconscious by a rocket-propelled grenade blast.

Joel Landau

Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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