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Hahn honors local Purple Heart recipient, Paralympic Gold Medalist

Ralph DeQuebec, grew up in L.A. County’s 4th district and is a San Pedro High School alum

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn paid homage to PyeongChang Winter Olympics gold medalist Ralph DeQuebec, who grew up in L.A. County’s 4th district and is a graduate of San Pedro High School. Photo by Diandra Jay

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ralph DeQuebec, son of Hahn staffer, recognized for PyeongChang victory

LOS ANGELES — L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn honored wounded Marine Corps veteran and Paralympic Gold Medalist Ralph DeQuebec, Wednesday in downtown L.A. in chambers.

Compton Herald | Ralph DeQuebec

Ralph DeQuebec in Afghanistan

DeQuebec competed in the 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang on the U.S. Sled Hockey Team and took home the gold after an exciting matchup against Canada that went into overtime. DeQuebec grew up in L.A. County’s 4th district and is a graduate of San Pedro High School.

Marine Gunnery Sgt. DeQuebec lost both his legs in an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) detonation while serving in Afghanistan in 2012. During his rehabilitation, the Purple Heart recipient learned to play sled hockey and eventually made the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team.

This moment is very special to the supervisor and the entire Fourth District staff. DeQuebec’s mother, Tina, has been Hahn’s longtime scheduler.

“Ralph, it has been incredible to see how far you have come since the day I visited you in your recovery bed at Walter Reed,” said Hahn. “Thank you for representing our country the way you have – both in your tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and on the world stage in the Paralympic Games. Congratulations on your gold medal win! You are a true American hero.”

Hahn presented DeQuebec with a scroll from the County of Los Angeles celebrating his Gold Medal victory in PyeongChang. The packed board room erupted with applause when he walked on stage and cheered as footage played of the last exciting seconds of the gold medal game.

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