Gymnasts to present benefit for wounded soldier


Joseph Deslauriers and his wife, Lisa, embrace their son Cameron, now 2, in a family photo. U.S. Gold Gymnastics and Cheerleading in Crestview seeks the community's support in raising funds for the wounded soldier and his family, who are building a Destin home.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Friday, December 13, 2013 at 02:19 PM.

CRESTVIEW — U.S. Gold Gymnastics and Cheerleading staffers want to help provide a wheelchair-accessible home for a wounded soldier.

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 Master Sgt. Joseph Deslauriers lost his left arm and legs in 2011 while serving as a U.S. Air Force explosive ordnance disposal technician in Afghanistan.

The details are hazy, he said.

"I don't really remember what happened during the incident," Deslauriers said. "I just remember what happened afterwards."

His Silver Star medal — considered the third highest honor for bravery during combat — helped fill in the blanks.

Deslauriers gave medical attention to a wounded Marine after clearing a path toward a disabled military vehicle struck by an improvised explosive device, the award citation said. Deslauriers received his injury after clearing a route for additional military personnel. Deslauriers is credited for clearing a landing area for a medical evacuation helicopter and helping others carry the injured Marine to safety.

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