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Colwyn Bay TA soldier Jason Palmer to receive bravery award

A Territorial Army soldier from North Wales is to receive a bravery award for helping comrades injured in explosions in Afghanistan.

Despite being within metres of the blasts himself, Fusilier Jason Palmer, of Colwyn Bay, provided first aid and reassurance to casualties on two occasions.

The 36-year-old, of 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh, will receive a Mention in Dispatches – the oldest form of recognition of gallantry within the UK Armed Forces.

Jason’s first act of bravery came about during an operation to clear improvised explosive devices (IEDs), when two patrol members were badly injured in an explosion.

Although just five metres from the blast himself, Jason regained his composure and gave first aid to the casualties.

The quality of his treatment earned praise from the senior medical officer at Camp Bastion Hospital.

On a subsequent patrol an IED exploded about 10 metres behind Jason, throwing him to the ground and severely injuring a comrade.

Again, Jason calmly worked his way back to treat the wounded man, knowing there was a high risk of a follow-up blast.

As Jason and a medic applied first aid, the patrol came under heavy and sustained small arms fire.

Only when the casualty was stable did they move into cover.

Jason was himself seriously injured in the last weeks of his tour when the vehicle he was in hit an explosive in Helmand.

He broke his back in three places and every rib on his right side.

His citation paid tribute to his professionalism and gallantry, praising him for “acting with complete disregard for his own safety to reach and treat a fallen comrade while under enemy fire”.

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