I read a lot of mil-blogs and victory blogs. I see stories all the time that never make the mainstream media — usually because they are pro-military and/or portray a winning view of the US in current mid-East conflicts. One such blog is BlackFive. There was a story posted earlier today that prompted me to post:
The above picture shows Spc. Nicholas Colgin (right) treating a wounded French soldier during an ambush in Kapisa province. Colgin was credited by coalition hospital officials for saving the soldier’s life. By keeping his head during an ambush, he was able to save another.
Spc. Nicholas Colgin, a medic with Bravo Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, heard the call for “medic” and responded by running through sporadic enemy fire to a wounded French soldier ultimately saving [his] life.
“There was so much going on I decided to run back to the commander’s Humvee to give (medical evacuation) information and a (situation report) while avoiding the small-arms fire,” Colgin said. “I then ran back a second time to the French vehicle and gave him an IV and further assessed his injuries. Once I was able to push him with fluids and stop the bleeding he became responsive.”
Colgin would stay with his patient through the sporadic ambushes, reassuring Sabastian he would be make it while firing his weapon through the gunner’s turret Sabastian occupied. What was normally a 20-minute drive to reach Forward Operating Base Kutschbach took the convoy three hours, according to Colgin.
Sabastian was MEDEVAC’d and diagnosed with a skull fracture and brain swelling. Hospital officials who treated Sabastian said Colgin’s action’s saved his life.
“Simple stuff saved him like stopping the bleeding and pushing fluids,” said Colgin. “The reassuring didn’t hurt either.”
[Read the full article here.]
The article concludes with simply stating, “There was nothing simple about Colgin’s actions that day.” Amen to that. Members of the mass (“mad”) media would be wise to start covering these types of stories. I know they are out there. We need more of these!