Civilians who saved head of Marines after he suffered medical emergency receive award

Civilians who saved head of Marines after he suffered medical emergency receive award


Three civilians who saved the life of the head of the Marine Corps were honored for their heroics on Thursday.

Marine Commandant Gen. Eric Smith honored Timothy and Joyce LaLonde, two siblings aged 33 and 28, and Joyce’s husband, Nathaniel Birnbaum, 28, during a ceremony at the Home of the Commandants in which they were awarded the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.

Smith suffered a medical emergency on Oct. 29 toward the end of his run while he was only about a block from the barracks where his family resides. Timothy LaLonde, who is a certified CPR instructor, administered CPR to the commandant for several minutes while his sister sought to get emergency medical personnel dispatched to the scene.

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During Thursday’s ceremony, Smith said, “You have

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