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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro to Receive Pat Tillman Award for Service at The 25th ESPYS

ESPN Media Zone   |   By Jennifer Cingari Christie   |   June 28, 2017
Jon Stewart will present the Pat Tillman Award for Service to Disabled Veteran and Invictus Games Gold Medalist Israel Del Toro at the ESPYS on July 12

In 2005 while serving in the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan, Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro was following routine orders when his Humvee rolled over a buried pressure-plate mine and exploded. The blast severed most of his fingers and left him in a coma for nearly three months, with burns covering the majority of his body. He was given a 15% chance of survival, but Del Toro defied the odds and made a miraculous recovery. During his rehabilitation, Del Toro was introduced to adaptive sports as a therapeutic outlet and it quickly became something he excelled at. He eventually set world records in shot put, discus, and javelin and won a gold medal at The 2016 Invictus Games. For his perseverance and commitment to his country, Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro will receive The Pat Tillman Award for Service at The 25th ESPYS Presented by Capital One on July 12. EMMY Award-winning host, writer and producer Jon Stewart will present the honor during the live telecast on ABC. (more…)

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