PALMDALE – Palmdale resident Sgt. Aaron Halcomb, who was named Dustoff Medic of the Year in 2011, and his parents were honored by the Palmdale City Council at its monthly meeting Wednesday (Oct 3).
Larry and Sharon Halcomb accepted the commendation on behalf of their son who is currently stationed in Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
“The City of Palmdale is proud to honor a hero of heroes in recognizing Aaron Halcomb,” said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. “His exceptional bravery, courage and professional manner in performing his duties saved many lives on the battlefield in Afghanistan.”
“Aaron is one of us,” Ledford added. “He grew up in our community, worked in our community and learned a lot of lesson. But we only helped. Tonight, it’s about his parents, Larry and Sharon. Without good parenting we wouldn’t be honoring Sgt. Halcomb.”
A graduate of Palmdale High School and its Health Careers Academy in 1997, Aaron attended California State University where he graduated with a degree in hospital administration in 2005. He joined the Army in 2010.
During his tours of duty, Aaron served as the sole combat medic for eight mass casualty events, all with more than five patients each. In a single mission, he simultaneously treated six double and triple amputees injured in an improvised explosive blast. His ability to manage chaos on the battlefield while treating multiple traumatic injuries has resulted in the evacuation of 255 patients during 340 combat hours.
For his acts of heroism and rescue under fire, Aaron earned a battlefield promotion to sergeant and was recommended for a Bronze Star medal.
After his service career, he plans to pursue a career in the medical field.
(Information via press release from the City of Palmdale.)