KIA May 8, 2007
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Died May 8, 2007 when his unit was attacked by enemy forces during combat patrol operations near Tarin Kwot, Afghanistan.
Padgett was a member of the Army’s elite Green Berets. Military officials say Padgett, who served as a medic, was able to tie-off his wounds and stop the bleeding. However, he had several other wouds that turned out to be fatal.
Glenda Penton says her son died fighting for something he believed in. “He loved what he was doing, he believed in what he was doing, and his doing what he was doing was his choice. He believed in what he was doing!”
Padgett, was born and raised in Walton County and was well known from the north end of the country to the south. He was an Army Ranger Medic and former firefighter and paramedic with the South Walton Fire District in Florida. A lot of firefighters knew him well. Most people knew Padgett by his big smile, which he almost always wore. His fellow firefighters often called him “smiling Tim”. Tim volunteered with the Argyle Volunteer Fire Department when he was a teenager and joined the Army National Guard when he was 17 years old.
“Tim was a much-loved and respected firefighter with our department,” a statement by the South Walton Fire District said. “Tim enjoyed helping others, and it was this attribute that led him to the fire service and then on to bravely serving his country as a member of the United States military.”
SGT Timothy Padgett was 28 years old from Defuniak Springs, Florida
Original portrait was presented August 31, 2011 to his mother during a special memorial event held at the 7th Special Forces Group Headquarters, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida