October 12, 2012
BORN: February 27, 1983
HOMETOWN: Salt Lake City, UT
ENTERED SERVICE: August 29, 2001
UNITS: B Co., 7th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment; ODA 3313, A Co., 3rd Bn, 3rd SFG (A); Advanced Skills Company (ASC), Group Support Bn (GSB), 3rd SFG (A).
MILITARY TRAINING: Warrior Leader Course, Basic Airborne Course, Survival Evasion Resistance Escape High Risk Survival Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, Advanced Leader Course, Special Operations Weapons Sergeant Course, Special Operations Language Training-French, Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, ULLS-A Course, Ranger Course, Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Exploitation Course, Advanced Land Navigation Course, Free Fall Parachutist Course, Senior Leader Course, and the Static Line Jumpmaster Course.
DEPLOYMENTS: Iraq (1); Afghanistan (6).
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS: Bronze Star Medals (3), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart (2), Army Commendation Medals (3), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medals (3), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, U.S. Army Good Conduct Medals (3), National Defense Service Ribbon, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, four Afghanistan Campaign Medals, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service medal, three Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, U.S. Army Service Ribbon, U.S. Army Overseas Service Ribbon (3), NATO Medal with Bronze Service Star, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Aviation Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge, Parachutist Badge, and five Overseas Service Bars.
SURVIVED BY: Wife Samantha and parents.
SFC Savard was infilling by helicopter when his team took fire. He rushed towards the gun fire so his teammates could safely exit the aircraft. This brave hero was taken from us during his selfless act of defending his teammates.
Special Forces Weapons Sergeant/
Special Operations Team Member