MADISON — A 1988 Madison Area Memorial High School graduate and U.S. Air Force veteran has received a command civilian award for valor.

Richard D. Blomquist was recognized by the Air Force with an official commendation for courage for his “heroism by taking immediate and decisive action” to help someone having a heart attack, according to the certificate granted to him by the military.

The incident happened Aug. 2 when Blomquist, a program administration specialist, was working at a location that can’t be made public, because it’s classified.

“His alert and timely response averted the death of a valued employee, husband and father,” the certificate states.

Blomquist served in the Air Force from 1988 to 2008, according to his mother, Dolly Kennard, of Madison.

Blomquist lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Holly, and two children, Seth and Kristen.

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