A Lexington police officer and Army National Guardsman who was injured in an exposion in Afghanistan has received a Purple Heart.
Chris Eden, a Staff Sergeant with the National Guard, was riding in an armored convoy on Oct. 30 when an improvised explosive device detonated under his armored vehicle, according to a news release from the Guard.
The blast, which was directly under his seat, broke his lower back, the news release said.
Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini presented the award Saturday at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, where Eden is recovering.
Eden is assigned to the Richmond-based 2123rd Transportation Company, which deployed to Afghanistan in February. The officer also served a tour of duty in Iraq, the news release said.