By U.S. Army 1st Lt. Christopher Connolly 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
KABUL, Afghanistan (JULY 05, 2009) â€“ A 13-year-old Afghan boy was injured by insurgents outside of a International Security Assistance Force combat outpost in the Paktia province of eastern Afghanistan July 4.
The young boy, who received shrapnel wounds to his legs, was brought to the COP by his uncle and a neighbor, seeking medical attention. Soldiers of Troop A, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, immediately brought them to the aid station.
U.S. Army Sgt. Jacob McCafferty and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. David Gove, Apache Troop medics, worked diligently to stabilize the boy.
â€œI was taking it slow and explained what I was doing,â€ said McCafferty.
â€œWe treated him as we would one of our own and explained everything we were doing, as we were doing it,â€ said Apache Troop 1st Sgt. Derek Heavener.
A precautionary tourniquet was placed on the wounded leg until the child could be moved to a hospital. The 13-year-old boy remained strong throughout.
â€œHeâ€™s a real tough kid. He held it together and didnâ€™t go into shock,â€ said Gove.
The boyâ€™s father accompanied his son to another forward operating base to be received by the Gardez City hospital where he received additional care.
International Security Assistance Force Soldiers from Troop A, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, load an injured 13-year-old boy into a medical evacuation helicopter after treating him for wounds from an insurgent rocket attack in Paktia province July 4. (Photo by 1st Lt. Christopher Connolly, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)