ARiesett Blog 7 “Soldiers”

 

Staff Sergeant Robert Gutierrez

 

Date: October 5, 2009 

Where: Western Afghanistan

What: A 29 year old Air Force Staff Sergeant named Robert Gutierrez became a hero.

 

Gutierrez took a bullet to his chest that collapsed his lung while taking out Taliban on rooftop. In these split moments he thought not of his death, but of how he could make a difference and get his men out safely. He was their only direct connection to the airplanes above.  He called for help from above after a medic had stuck a seven-inch needle in his chest while he was fully conscious. The flybys failed to help them escape fire and Gutierrez decided to withdraw. He walked a mile while losing five pints of his blood in order to get to the military vehicles. Once there, he radioed for an emergency evacuation, suffered another collapsed lung, and passed out. It took him over a year to recover and he is eager to get back to the fight in Afghanistan.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/09/19/air-force-hero-in-action-staff-sergeant-robert-gutierrez/

Gutierrez is a true American hero. He was wounded the worst on that day and yet he was the only one capable of evacuating his team through radio communications. His bravery and determination to do whatever it took to save the lives of his men was truly a selfless act. He could have died within the three minutes after he was initially shot, but his focus kept him alive for the seven hours of fighting.

 

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  1. Posted January 14, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    This is a very inspiring story that really touched my heart. Not many people would put themselves in that much danger in order to protect his troop. He is definitely a hero because some people that became as injured as he did probably would not have the strength to do what he did.

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  2. Posted January 14, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Woah, he is a beast! That is insane. You can die losing 1 pint of blood just from shock, but 5? Certainly a hero no questions asked. Walking a mile as well and STILL getting his troops to safety. A heroic act indeed.

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  3. Posted January 14, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    That’s incredible. There are very few things I can think of that are more important to being a hero than sacrificing yourself and putting others first. The fact that he was close to death after taking a shot to the chest but continued to think of his men is truly inspirational.

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  4. Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Thats awesome, his story just shows how the body can surpass its limits when put in an extreme situation. It was so easy for him to just lay there in pain like you said, but for him to keep his focus and do what he saw to be necessary is incredible. Thanks for sharing the story.

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