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Americans award Slovak soldier

THE United States awarded the Hero of the Day prize to Slovak soldier Martin Fiala, who is part of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan, the SITA newswire reported on April 9.

THE United States awarded the Hero of the Day prize to Slovak soldier Martin Fiala, who is part of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan, the SITA newswire reported on April 9.

Fiala received the award for his behaviour during a shooting on a vehicle in which he sat. It was part of the convoy passing through the periphery of Kandahar. The attack left no one injured. One of the bullets hit the helm of the Slovak soldier, but nothing serious happened. Fiala did not respond to the shooting as there were many civilians around him at the moment.

“Despite the direct threat, Lance-Corporal Fiala correctly evaluated the situation and acted professionally, with observing all safety rules, with the aim not to endanger civilians,” said Slovak Defence Ministry spokeswoman Martina Balleková, as quoted by SITA. “After the incident he continued in fulfilling his mission.”

Source: SITA

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