|A soldier from the 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard observes a section of the Rio Grande River at sunset. He is serving at the Texas-Mexico border in support of Operation Strong Safety. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Randall Stillinger)
Story By Maj. Randall Stillinger
WESLACO, Texas – The quick response of three Texas Army National Guard soldiers on Sept. 11, 2014, helped save the life of a local Texan.
The soldiers, who were manning an observation post as part of Operation Strong Safety, administered emergency first aid to an injured man after he accidentally cut himself while clearing brush along the river.
At one point during their shift, a pickup truck came speeding toward the soldiers’ observation post.
“At first we thought they might be runners,” one soldier remarked.
The driver then jumped out of the vehicle and started yelling, “He’s cut! He’s cut!”
The soldiers, who asked not to be identified for the security of themselves and their families, thought this might be a training scenario.