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Medal of Honor recipient, former Navy Seal receives gift from the community

Retired Navy Seal Britt Slabinski served 25 years
Posted at 6:45 PM, Apr 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 04:47:30-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Retired U.S. Navy Seal Britt Slabinski gave 25 years of service for our country.

"I traveled all throughout Central and South America and then when the war started we were pretty much over in Iraq, Afghanistan."

In 2002, he led a reconnaissance team on a mountain in Afghanistan.

"I was just doing my job that day the people to the left and to the right of me and so many that gave their lives on that day. I think the other recipients will tell you that the medal doesn't really belong to them, it belongs to just so many others."

In May 2018, before retiring, the Navy Seal was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest decoration a U.S. service member can receive.

"What an overwhelming feeling it was," said Slabinski.

This hero is also being celebrated right here in our area. On Monday morning, Schumacher Automotive with other partners gave him a gift, a brand new truck.

Chuck Schumacher said he was honored to celebrate Slabinski.

"He's such an American hero. These guys are fighting to ensure our safety and freedom," said Schumacher.

A hero that will not be forgotten by many, including Rick Kaiser with the National Navy UDT-Seal Museum in Fort Pierce.

"We have six medals of honor recipients that are Navy Seals, four of which are living, which is awesome. So, anytime you run into somebody like that, it's very rare and unique," said Kaiser.

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