Lawrence Sergeant Killed In Afghanistan Awarded Congressional Gold Medal


Photo: Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade

LAWRENCE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — President Joe Biden has signed Sen. Elizabeth Warren's bill that awards the Congressional Gold Medal to the American servicemembers, including Lawrence Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, killed on Aug. 26 in Afghanistan.

Rosario Pichardo, 25, was one of the 13 servicemembers killed in a suicide bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. The U.S. was trying to evacuate American citizens and Afghan allies at the time.

Sen. Warren wrote on Twitter that these "heroes lost their lives while serving our country and we will never forget their sacrifice."

Also on Twitter Thursday, Congresswoman Lori Trahan wrote that Rosario Pichardo was "a hero to her family, her friends, her community and her country. Not a day goes by that her absence isn't felt by those who had the honor of knowing her and many more who didn't but remain deeply grateful for the sacrifices she made."

Rep. Trahan said that awarding her the Congressional Gold Medal is "the least we can do to honor" Rosario Pichardo.

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