Congressman Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, presented the Silver Star -- the military’s third-highest decoration for valor -- to Sgt. Michael Atwell at a ceremony Wednesday at the American Legion Hall in Post Falls. Labrador’s office assisted Atwell, 65, of Osburn, in obtaining the award. Two of Atwell’s colleagues, Col. Ron Leonard and Maj. Larry Moore, came to Labrador for help last year. “It is at last time to recognize this soldier’s extraordinary courage and valor,” said Leonard, who traveled to the ceremony from Fairfax Station, Va. “This day has been long coming,” said Moore, of Knoxville, Tenn. “Mike Atwell is a brave soldier.” Moore and Leonard described Atwell as quiet and effective. Accepting the award, Atwell was brief: “I’m not going to say a lot. We had a lot of good people. This Silver Star is for all of them – couldn’t have done it without them”/Dan Popkey, press release for Congressman Raul Labrador. More here.