On January 31, 2009, Corporal Anderson came under small arms fire with his joint Canadian-
Afghan patrol, in Zhari District, Afghanistan. During the initial stages of the ambush,
an Afghan soldier was severely wounded and lay exposed to the relentless attack. As the
battle raged around him, Corporal Anderson exposed himself to enemy fire while he and the
patrol medic attempted to move the soldier to safety. With no cover, he immediately began to
provide first aid despite enemy rounds impacting inches from his position. Corporal Anderson’s
selfless disregard for his personal safety saved the wounded soldier’s life.