KENNEWICK, Wash.- A local soldier is awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and Purple Heart Thursday in Kennewick.
Congressman Doc Hastings presented the awards to Army Staff Sergeant Mitipati Bird.
Bird's Special Forces team was attacked on July 9, 2006. He responded quickly and fended off enemy forces, getting his unit out casualty free.
He's dedicating the award to fallen soldiers in operation Iraqi freedom and enduring freedom.