Officials at Fort Bragg say an 82nd Airborne paratrooper who pulled two comrades from a burning vehicle in April has died of wounds sustained while on a ground patrol in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Zachary D. Tellier of Charlotte was a combat infantryman
with the 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat
Team at Fort Bragg. Officials say he died on Saturday.
In April, Tellier's unit was conducting a mounted patrol when
one of its vehicles drove over and detonated a bomb, which set the
vehicle on fire. Officials say Tellier pulled two paratroopers out
of the vehicle to safety, suffering severe burns to his hands. He
was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with valor for his actions.
Tellier is survived by his wife and his parents.