Afghan Interpreter Who Saved American Lives Becomes Sheriff

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Marine Corps Col. Randy Hoffman and his cousin, Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman, share more than a last name and legacy of service. Both men have also had the fortune to work alongside a man the colonel called “one of the finest men” he’s ever served with.

Sarasota Sheriff’s Deputy Mubarak, now a U.S. citizen, saved Col. Hoffman’s life at least 10 times while serving as an Afghan interpreter. Mubarak later immigrated to the U.S. and, through the cousins’ familial connection, joined the Florida law enforcement agency.

Fox News is withholding Mubarak’s first name to protect his family still living in Afghanistan.


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