Delaware National Guard Conspicuous Service Cross to be awarded Sunday to a Senior Airman in the Delaware Air National Guard

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Delaware Air National Guard
Headquarters, 166th Airlift Wing
2600 Spruance Drive
New Castle, DE 19720-1615 

Wilmington resident a member of the Community Policing Unit, Wilmington Police Department

Media advisory: Photos of the Airman available upon request. Interested media are invited to arrive on base no later than NOON Sunday Feb. 11 for the award ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in the base firehouse.

Media requested to call Sgt. Matwey at 302-593-2126 (cell) by 11:30 a.m. Sunday to confirm attendance.

Lt. Col. Michael Castaldi, Commander, 166th Civil Engineer Squadron, will present the award, with several senior officers in attendance, including Brig. Gen. Ernest Talbert, Vice Commander, Delaware Air National Guard, and Col. Kathleen Eastburn, Commander, 166th Mission Support Group.

Contact: Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Matwey
Public Affairs Specialist, 166th Airlift Wing
Cell 302-593-2126, or office 302-323-3369
Release No. 2007-02-003
February 9, 2007


NEW CASTLE - A member of the Delaware Air National Guard will receive the Delaware National Guard's highest award in recognition of his efforts to save the life of a woman who was in dire need of medical attention. The award will be presented at a ceremony to be held at the air base firehouse at 12:30 p.m. Sunday Feb. 11, at 2600 Spruance Drive, New Castle, Delaware, 19720.

Senior Airman Ronald Muniz, a resident of Wilmington, zip code 19809, will receive the Delaware National Guard Conspicuous Service Cross.

On July 14, 2006, Senior Airman Muniz, while purchasing gasoline at a local convenience store in New Castle, witnessed a vehicle from another gas pump drift into a grassy mound. Airman Muniz approached the vehicle and noted a female driver was not breathing and was blue in color. Without regard to his own safety, and with no personal protective equipment, he removed her from the vehicle and performed CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). After two minutes of CPR, her (the victim's) color returned with spontaneous respiration and pulse. The victim was transported to the hospital and made a full recovery.

Senior Airman Muniz is a full-time uniformed member of the Wilmington Police Department's Community Policing Unit and a part-time member of the Delaware Air National Guard where he serves as a basic firefighter in the 166th Civil Engineer Squadron. He joined the Delaware Air Guard unit nearly three years ago, in March 2003. He is certified as a basic EMT (emergency medical technician), and is a CPR instructor for the Delaware chapter, American Red Cross.

The Delaware National Guard Conspicuous Service Cross is the highest state medal awarded to a member of the Delaware National Guard. It is awarded for exceptional heroism, service or achievement. This is only the third time since 2000 that this medal has been awarded to a member of the Delaware Air National Guard for efforts to save a life (the second occurrence was in 2003).

This release is in the public domain, and any part may be used as written.

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