A story about Staff Sgt. Matthew Pinkston at the Army.mil page today tells the story of the patient administrator out driving with his wife, Alexandra when they came across a motorcyclist who had been in a accident. SSG Pinkston always carries a combat aid bag with him, so he was able to stabilize Billy Davis, the motorcyclist, and his badly mangled leg;
“I went into my kit and got a tourniquet and put it around his leg,” Pinkston said. “I was able to get his leg out from underneath him and tried to keep him conscious. The leg stopped bleeding but he was thrashing around and I just kept trying to talk to him and he kept grabbing me saying he knows he lost his leg.”
“I wasn’t sure what got me through that morning,” Davis said. “I’m convinced there was divine intervention at work. I asked Pinkston if anyone was there to help him. He said no. Pinkston is the major reason I am here now, for my mom, my son and my future wife. He kept me awake until the ambulance came and then I flatlined and woke up five days later.”
You need to read the whole story, because the media isn’t going to mention the staff sergeant – he isn’t acting like any soldier they saw in a Rambo movie.