A veteran Jackson police officer has been awarded the Purple Heart for injuries he suffered while serving in Iraq.
Staff Sergeant Walton McJordan the third was presented the Badge of Military Merit by retired Major General Bob Chestnut. US Senator Roger Wicker presided over the ceremony.
McJordan served with the Army National Guard during Desert Storm and re-enlisted in the army after 9-11. The JPD officer currently oversees the department's Mobile Crime Lab.
McJordan suffered spinal and knee injuries in august of 2006 . He was serving as a photojournalist and riding with an IED clearing convoy that hit an explosive device.
"It disabled the tank pretty badly and jostled us around on the inside real bad," he explains. "I'm very lucky the vehicle didn't explode because the fuel cell was ruptured."
The retired Major General, who was at the Pentagon during the 9-11 attacks, also presented McJordan with a commemorative coin in recognition of his service.
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