TWINSBURG -- A Twinsburg soldier injured while serving in Afghanistan has been awarded a Purple Heart.

Cpl. Joshua Brenner received the award in a ceremony at Twinsburg City Hall on Monday.

Cpl. Brenner served with the 9th Engineer Support Battalion in Afghanistan. He was wounded when the envoy his was driving with was hit three separate times by an IED in December of 2011. Brenner's wife, Allyssa, also served as a Marine in Afghanistan at the same time as her husband. The couple is expecting their first child.

"We are honored to be in the presence of a true hero," said Mayor Katherine Procop. "Corporal Brenner faithfully served his country and sacrificed much to ensure the continued freedom we enjoy today. We can never express our appreciation enough for everything he has done and all he has given."

Brenner, a Dooridge Drive resident, was awarded the medal by Lieutenant Colonel Pete McAleer and a group of Marines from the Ohio-based 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines regiment.

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who are wounded by an enemy in battle, or given to family members in the name of those who are killed in action or die from wounds. It is specifically a combat decoration.