Marine colonel awards medal to corporal who saved his life By Irene Loewenson Dec 28, 04:44 PM Cpl. Chase Portello receives a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal from Col. Carlos Urbina, whose life the corporal helped save. (LCpl. Joaquin Dela Torre/Marine Corps)
Marine Col. Carlos Urbina was having lunch with a friend in a restaurant on the Marine base in Quantico, Virginia, on Nov. 14 when he started to feel unwell.
The colonel, who serves as the director of the command element of the Capabilities Development Directorate’s information division, thought nothing of it at first. But then he went into sudden cardiac arrest, he told reporters.