Jsilverman Blog 7-Soldier

Soldiers that fight for our country all over the world are considered the greatest heroes of all. They are not only fighting for themselves but for millions of other people who they will never even know. They protect our country from all threats and we wouldn’t have safety or freedom without them. One story that I thought was really heroic was the story of Sgt. Dennis Weichel.

One day in Afghanistan his convoy was riding along the road when they saw children picking up gun shells so along the side of the road so they could recycle them for money. Weichel and his crew stopped the truck to move the children out of the way as many more trucks would be coming by. All of the children had moved out of the way but at the last second a small afghani girl tried to run back in to the street quickly to grab a few extra shells. The truck that she tried to jump in front of was one of the most massive in all of the convoy, it weighed nearly 16 tons.

Weichel quicklly reacted and threw the girl out of the way but he could not move in time to save his own life. He was hit by the massive truck and died soon after due to injuries.

The reason I found this article so interesting was because even though the Afghani girl was not from the United States. He still realized that even though she was in the enemy country, she was only a child and was innocent and did not deserve to die. Because of his sacrifice, he is considered a hero, and he just saved the future of a young childs life.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/03/hero-u-s-soldier-gives-life-to-save-afghan-girl/

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  1. Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    I also discovered this amazing story. Risking his life for a girl from a different country, shows the true character of this man. His actions will always be remembered as a true hero.

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  2. Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    a truly selfless act. I remember when we talked about traits to being a hero and he fits almost all on our list!

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