What a story tonight. Bruce McQuain from QandO joined us for another edition of Someone You Should Know, the untold, inspirations true stories of the men and women fighting for us around the world. The Someone You Should Know radio collaboration began as an extension of Matt Burden’s series at Blackfive. Thanks to Matt, Bruce is now on board and we are thrilled to have him as part of the program.
Bruce has been honoring the recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross in a series called Project Hero. The Distinguished Service Cross is the equal of the Navy Cross and the Air Force Cross and the only award for valor which is higher is the Medal of Honor.
So even though he was wounded, shot in the leg, Sanford charged back in with his team, laying down suppressive fire while his team mates evacuated the wounded. There were so many, though, it required they go back into the house after the first group of wounded were safely extracted.
During the second evacuation of wounded, a bleeding Sanford again kept the terrorists at bay while his comrades evacuated the rest of the wounded. When the last soldier was leaving the house, a terrorist shot him. The soldier dropped to the floor – shot through the neck.
Sanford never hesitated. He ran back and began performing first aid, then CPR trying to keep the soldier alive.
The terrorists sensed Sanford’s weak position and tried to gun him down. Now feature this. He’s performing CPR when they find him and they shoot him twice in the back while he’s trying to protect the wounded soldier with his body. Sanford turned and fought back, killing one terrorist, but while doing so was shot twice more. A total of 5 gunshot wounds during the engagement.
But Sanford never quit and continued fighting, trying to save his comrade. It was only when the loss of blood was too much that he lost consciousness…
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