BATAVIA – Mary Kay Longwell was not surprised to hear about U.S. Air Force Capt. David Bergeron helping save the life of a soldier who was suffering from respiratory failure.
Longwell knew the Batavia native when he was a member of Boy Scout Troop 21 with her two sons, who were younger than Bergeron. At the time, Longwell was an assistant scoutmaster with Troop 21.
“He was a real good role model,” Longwell said. “My own son is a captain in the Army as well.”
Earlier this month, Bergeron, a 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron flight nurse, was part of an eight-man team that saved the life of a soldier who was suffering from respiratory failure. The mission took place in southwest Asia.
He is based out of Pope Army Airfield in North Carolina, and his unit is regularly called on to perform such missions.
His mother, Rita Bergeron, is proud of her son. She read about his latest mission and saw his photo in a story published by the military.
“My son works very hard and is very committed to his mission there,” she said. “We are glad that he and his team do such a good job.”
David Bergeron, 28, is a 2003 graduate of Marmion Academy in Aurora.
“He has always loved the military,” Rita Bergeron said. “It’s been a nice fit for him.”
Because he is often away on missions, he doesn’t get home on a regular basis. But he keeps in contact with his family.
“We Skyped on Thanksgiving,” Bergeron said. “He will probably be home in February.”