<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> air-force-academy]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/air-force-academy Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:48:25 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro receives Pat Tillman Award at 2017 ESPYs]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-master-sgt.-israel-del-toro-receives-pat-tillman-award-at-2017-espys/article/1607073?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-master-sgt.-israel-del-toro-receives-pat-tillman-award-at-2017-espys/article/1607073?custom_click=rss

Del Toro was severely injured while on tour in Afghanistan in 2005 when his military truck drove over a bomb. Del Toro lost most of his fingers and more than 80 percent of his body was severely burned. He went into a coma for three months and was given a 15 percent chance of survival. When he awoke from the coma, he was told he likely wouldn’t be able to breathe or walk again on his own.

Del Toro not only did both, he also used sports as rehabilitation, later competing in the Invictus Games, a sports competition for wounded service members. In 2014, he won a silver medal in powerlifting, and in 2016, he won gold in the shot put.

He was awarded Wednesday for his perseverance, military service and athletic pursuits,



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