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Combat-hardened Marine saves the life of a man hit by a car

On a cloudy, humid afternoon in May 2022, U.S. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Jefferson Ortiz was driving with his wife on Highway 43, through the small town of Vanceboro, back to their home in New Bern. Ortiz noticed that traffic in front of him was coming to a halt. He looked into a field where many people gathered around something on the ground…
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Jefferson Ortiz, company first sergeant for Air Operations Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron 271, poses for a photo at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, N.C., July 14, 2022. On May 13, 2022, Ortiz, a native of Miami, Florida, performed life-saving actions on a man who had been hit by a car.

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Author: Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Nygaard

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