A native of Reed City now has the recognition he deserves. Russ Nehmer received his Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal during ceremonies in Reed City on Friday. The Purple Heart was presented by Michigan Senator Phil Potvin and Reed City Manager Ron Howell read the presentation for the Meritorious Service Medal which was given to Nehmer by his son.
“For exceptionally meritorious service in various positions of increasing responsibility, for over 20 years of dedicated military service, Sgt. First Class Nehmer's technical and tactical competence, professionalism and loyalty were essential to mission accomplishment.”
Nehmer retired from the Army in 2015 and was supposed to receive the medals then, but they were lost in the paperwork. Nehmer suffered serious wounds from a rocket attack while in Wardak Afghanistan in 2010.