ORLANDO, Fla. - A soldier who was injured in Iraq and now lives in central Florida was awarded a Purple Heart Wednesday night.
Latorre treated thousands of people as a combat medic and is credited with saving an estimated 75 lives.
In 2009, he was severely wounded by a roadside bomb.
Wednesday, he was surprised with the prestigious award.
Col. Patrick Connors with the U.S. Army said they wanted to host a big event for him and not just pass it off to him in the mail.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer declared May 22 as "Sgt. Hector Latorre Jr. Day."