Senator Tommy Williams
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0104

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2005
Contact: Lauren Hutton (512) 463-0104

Specialist Jonathan Page of The Woodlands recognized for his dedicated service

The Senate honored the soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry, Task Force 1-9 for their exemplary service during the war in Iraq.  Spc. Jonathan Page, recently returned from Iraq, was on the floor to represent his unit. Pictured (l-to-r) are Sen. Tommy Williams, Kirby Page, Meredith Page, Ronald Page, Cheree Page, Spc. Jonathan Page, and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst
The Senate honored the soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry, Task Force 1-9 for their exemplary service during the war in Iraq. Spc. Jonathan Page, recently returned from Iraq, was on the floor to represent his unit. Pictured (l-to-r) are Sen. Tommy Williams, Kirby Page, Meredith Page, Ronald Page, Cheree Page, Spc. Jonathan Page, and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.

AUSTIN -- State Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, was pleased to recognize the heroism and service of Specialist Jonathan Page, 21, of The Woodlands, on Thursday, April 21, on the floor of the Texas Senate.

"Jonathan is a hero in the true sense of the word," Williams said. "Jonathan represents the very finest qualities of the young men and women serving in the U. S. Armed Forces."

Spc. Page, with the 1st Battalion, 9th Calvary Regiment, returned from Iraq last month after a year-long tour as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. There he served with the elite Task Force 1-9, known for operating in the most dangerous sections of Baghdad including the infamous Haifa Street. The Task Force's mission included disrupting and destroying insurgent cells.

Page represented the regiment Thursday, honored with a resolution commending the soldiers for their continued dedication to freedom. Although he served courageously and bravely during his entire tour, Page was recognized for one specific act of bravery.

While on patrol in Central Baghdad last June, Page's platoon received orders to assist a group of 153rd Infantry Soldiers and Iraqi Civil Defense Corps that required immediate medical evacuation after coming under siege by insurgent forces. Page's platoon secured the evacuation site, and the wounded were extracted by armored personal carrier. Shortly thereafter, a series of explosions erupted just across the street from Page's position. The explosions were followed by insurgent gun fire.

A soldier stumbled out of an alleyway toward the direction of the explosion, and Page did not flinch before rushing -- medic by his side -- to help treat the soldier's wounds as best as possible before putting him on the back of a humvee. Soon after Page's platoon leader, 1st Lt. Fred Sexton, called for his assistance in helping treat those still in the kill zone, just down the alleyway from which the soldier had stumbled. Page ended up taking several trips in and out of the kill zone. He acted without hesitation despite being in the line of fire numerous times while evacuating the injured and two casualties.

For his brave actions, Page was selected as Task Force 1-9's hero of the week for June 10. But he is not the only hero of his division -- More than 124 members of his same Task Force 1-9 have received Purple Heart medals since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom II for demonstrating the same great character traits.

Page's heroism was recognized by a thunderous standing ovation by the members of the Senate and those in the Senate Gallery. His proud parents, Ronald and Chere_e, sister, Meredith Page, and grandfather, Kirby Page, appeared with him on the Senate floor.

First elected in 1996 to the Texas House of Representatives, Tommy Williams was later elected to the Senate in 2002 and re-elected in 2004. He represents Senate District 4, covering all or portions of Montgomery, Harris, Liberty, Chambers, Jefferson and Orange counties. Williams serves as Vice Chairman of the State Affairs Committee and as a member of the Senate Criminal Justice, Education and Finance committees.

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