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Columnist: DEA Agent Joe Piersante “Is Every American’s Hero”

BY MARY ALICE POWELL
Toledo Blade Columnist

At the Adrian College vs. Kalamazoo College game last weekend the band played the Star Spangled Banner as it always does. Spectators on both sides of the field rose to their feet as the flag was raised, as is expected.

But at this game a wave of patriotism larger than usual swept over the stadium when Joe Piersante walked onto the field and held his right hand over his heart as the national anthem was played.

Adrian College proudly claims Special Agent Joe Piersante as its hero and honored him at the game and two nights previous at the annual president’s dinner. Joe graduated in 1991 from Adrian with a degree in criminal justice. According to Coach Mike Duffy, Joe was a valuable linebacker on the team and still holds the four-year tackle record.

To be accurate, Joe is every American’s hero for what he did for our country and for what he must endure the rest of his life.

Joe was blinded by gunfire in Afghanistan when he was serving as a special agent in the Drug Enforcement Administration on Oct. 30, 2011.

During the short time I chatted with Joe at a pre-game reception before his football pals crowded around him, it was clear that he was honored to be back on campus and appreciates the attention from his alma mater, but he does not want to be drenched with sympathy. Only once did he refer to his blindness.

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Fundraising Efforts Continue for Family of Wounded DEA Agent Joe Piersante

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Efforts to help the family of Joe Piersante, a DEA agent wounded in Afghanistan last year while on a mission, is continuing.

Besides raising money through t-shirt sales,  people are being encouraged to contribute directly to the family by sending a check  to JFCU at the following address and endorsement for their contribution:

Justice Federal Credit Union, 5175 Parkstone Drive, Suite 200, Chantilly, VA 20151

Check should be made payable to: Joe Piersante Warrior Fund. Endorse Check “For Deposit” Account Number: 11000002132840.

The DEA said that Piersante was operating in Helmand Province Afghanistan on a counter-narcotics mission along with a combined task force of Afghan National Units along with Australian Special Operations Forces when he encountered Taliban insurgents.

Piersante was struck in the head with a 7.62 mm round, which penetrated his ballistic helmet, passed through both frontal lobes of his brain and caused severe trauma to both optical nerves.

The DEA says he has progressed and is home, but will need to undergo months of intensive rehabilitation.

Here’s how to get the t-shirt to help the family : Pre-Order Sale. Contact Randy Updegraff @ JPWarriorFund@comcast.net or a POC in your area to consolidate orders. Request payment in advance; checks made out to Randy Updegraff in order to better able to facilitate production of the shirts and gauge demand. Denote quantity and size in orders: (2XL, XL, L, M.) Remit Payment to DEA Philadelphia, 600 Arch Street, Suite 10224, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Attn: Randy Updegraff (Group 2).

People are urged to include a mailing address and e-mail address with each order. Orders will be placed on March 1.

 

Philly DEA Raising Funds for Agent Wounded in Afghanistan

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Philadelphia DEA is drumming up some cash to help the family of agent Joe Piersante, a member of the DEA Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Team (FAST) who was seriously wounded in Afghanistan while on a mission last Fall.

The Philly DEA is selling t-shirts and plans a fundraising event –Beef and Beer –  in April.

The DEA said that Piersante was operating in Helmand Province Afghanistan on a counter-narcotics mission along with a combined task force of Afghan National Units along with Australian Special Operations Forces when he encountered Taliban insurgents.

Piersante was struck in the head with a 7.62 mm round, which penetrated his ballistic helmet, passed through both frontal lobes of his brain and caused severe trauma to both optical nerves.

The DEA says he has progressed and is home, but will need to undergo months of intensive rehabilitation.

His wife, an intensive care nurse, has taken a leave of absence from her job to help Piersante, the DEA said.

It said 100 percent of the profits from the fundraising will to directly to the Joe Piersante Warrior Fund.

Here’s how to get the t-shirt: Pre-Order Sale. Contact Randy Updegraff @ JPWarriorFund@comcast.net or a POC in your area to consolidate orders. Request payment in advance; checks made out to Randy Updegraff in order to better able to facilitate production of the shirts and gauge demand. Denote quantity and size in orders: (2XL, XL, L, M.) Remit Payment to DEA Philadelphia, 600 Arch Street, Suite 10224, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Attn: Randy Updegraff (Group 2).

People are urged to include a mailing address and e-mail address with each order. Orders will be placed on March 1.

DEA Agent Shot in Head in Afghanistan: Expected to Survive

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A DEA agent who was shot in the head last week in Afghanistan during a mission remains hospitalized in suburban D.C., but is expected to survive, according to someone familiar with the situation.

Special agent Joe Piersante, a member of the Fast Team (Foreign Advisory Support Team), was seriously wounded in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

An internal memo from DEA Director Michele Leonhart said Piersante, working with “our International Security and Assistance Forces (ISAF) and Afghan law enforcement partners, FAST had just successfully executed a search warrant and were headed to their helicopter when they came under fire.”

He underwent extensive surgery after the shooting.

“Please keep Joe and all of his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers,” Leonhart wrote.