JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There's an award so prestigious only three have ever been given out.
University of North Florida professor Dr. Patrick Monaghan just received one of them: a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Department of Defense.
Before he started teaching at UNF's School of Nursing, Monaghan had a long career in the U.S. Navy and retired as a commander.
The U.S. Department of Defense recently selected him for their Armed Services Blood Program Lifetime Achievement Award.
"I was the blood bank director of transfusion service for 15 years and I did a lot of clinical research in modernizing and providing blood and blood products for combat casualties," said Monaghan.
Those practices that he researched and put in place years ago at the National Naval Medical Center, are still used today to treat combat casualties.
Still, this Lifetime Achievement Award, complete with a certificate and bronze medal, came as a big surprise.
"It was a very heavy experience to discover out of the blue, 20-something years later, that this came about," said Monaghan.
His students also were impressed and gave him their own award. "And this is just as meaningful to me as that certificate I assure you. Last week, they brought in a cake and they game me this card with messages from each of them."
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