10Apr

Hahn Honors Local Purple Heart Recipient and Paralympic Gold Medalist, Ralph DeQuebec

Los Angeles, CA—Today, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn honored wounded Marine Corps veteran and Paralympic Gold Medalist Ralph DeQuebec. DeQuebec competed in the 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang on the US Sled Hockey Team and took home the gold after an exciting matchup against Canada that went into overtime.  He grew up in LA County’s 4th district and is a graduate of San Pedro High School.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant DeQuebec lost both his legs in an ied explosion while serving in Afghanistan in 2012.  During his rehabilitation, the Purple Heart recipient learned to play sled hockey and eventually made the US Sled Hockey National Team.

This moment is very special to the Supervisor and the entire Fourth District staff.  Ralph DeQuebec’s mother, Tina, has been Supervisor 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 Supervisor Janice 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.”

Supervisor Hahn presented Marine Gunnery Sergeant Ralph 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.

See footage of the entire presentation on theSupervisor’s Facebook page.