Rangers honored at medal ceremony

Rangers honored at medal ceremony

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A Ranger award ceremony was held at Hunter Army Airfield on Thursday.

Five Rangers were pinned for their valor, including one Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. One honoree said it's about being a part of something bigger.

"The action that I got this award for in the grand scheme of things doesn't hold a candle to a lot of things that a lot of these guys do," said Sfc. Christopher Sizelove.

Sizelove earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal after his latest deployment to Afghanistan.

"We took fire from a doorway that I was about three feet from, so I really didn't have a choice so I had to do something so he wouldn't keep shooting at my fellow Rangers," he said.

Sizelove's wife is part of the family readiness group, which was also honored for their work on the home front. She said they usually don't talk about his missions.

"I just found out about two days ago," said Janet Sizelove. "I'm proud of him and he's been doing this for a long time and we've done this together for a long time and I know the person he is and I know he'll do the right thing."

In their 12-year marriage - the Sizemores have been to all the Ranger installations across the country, but they plan on calling the Coastal Empire home.

So does Staff Sgt. Drew G. Piper.

"I love Savannah," he said.

Piper earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal on his fifth deployment to Afghanistan.

"It turned out successful. We didn't take any casualties. Everyone made it back OK. We win," he said.

At least two dozen other Rangers were awarded service medals.

Before the awards were handed out, the battalion commander was promoted from lieutenant colonel to colonel.