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March 9, 2012

Mammoth High School graduate receives praise
Ryan Davis, a 2006 Mammoth High School graduate, was deployed to Afghanistan in September 2011 as a Navy corpsman stationed with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines from 29 Palms, Calif. 

In a February 2012 update from the 3/7 Family Readiness Officer, Marine Corp Captain M. D. Simon informed Davis’ parents of their son’s exemplary conduct: 
 
“Recently, General Amos, the Commandant of the Marine Corps visited some of the Marines and Sailors from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines. In front of hundreds of members of the “Blade” and numerous General Officers and Sergeants Major, Doc Davis personally received an award from our service’s highest-ranking Officer. Doc Davis received a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat distinguishing device for heroic actions earlier in the deployment. Heroism is a powerful word that is sometimes difficult to explain without a sense of the context behind it. In this case, Doc Davis was put into one of the most chaotic and extraordinary situations while doing his noble job of saving one of our Marines lives. With a severely wounded Marine in need of his lifesaving care, Doc Davis navigated through an area littered with improvised explosive devices and remained exposed against an intense volume of fire from an enemy force to treat his fellow India Company brother. His bravery, selflessness in the face of danger, and expertise allowed him and rest of his squad to defeat the enemy attack, secure a contested landing zone, and quickly evacuate the injured Marine, which proved to save his life.

Ultimately, the wounded Marine would return home to a wonderful wife, his loving family, and just a few short weeks later, to watch his son be born. 
 

Doc Davis did not just save a Marine … he saved an entire family. The word heroic carries with it an immense amount of gravity but in this instance, it is still an understatement.” 
 
Welcome to the world
Congratulations to Jenna and Nathan Morgenstein who welcomed Italy Rae Morgenstein into the world Feb. 10. Siblings include Lexi, Indica, Izaak and Isabella and grandparents Nancy Cumming and Susan Jackson, both of whom live in Bishop.
 
Congrats Officer Casabian
Mammoth Police Officer Daniel Casabian on Wednesday received a 10-year service award from the Town Council. One of the most versatile officers on the squad, Casabian was introduced by Police Chief Dan Watson and received a plaque from Mayor Jo Bacon, representing the council.

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