Former Army medic Ronald Shurer received the Medal of Honor Monday at the White House.
Shurer spent seven years in active duty with the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of staff sergeant with the Green Berets. On April 6, 2008, he and his unit were on a mission to capture a high-value target in Afghanistan when they were ambushed. He risked his life to treat and stabilize five injured soldiers, sometimes using his own body as a shield to protect them. He helped evacuate them before returning to the fight.
"For more than six hours, Ron bravely faced down the enemy. Not a single American died in that brutal battle, thanks in great measure to Ron's heroic actions," President Trump said during the ceremony.
The Medal of Honor has been awarded to just over 3,500 people since 1863.
Shurer lives in the Washington, D.C., area with his wife and two sons. He still serves the country working for the U.S. Secret Service.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.