1st Cavalry News
Security patrol helps young burn victim
By Capt. David Levasseur
2nd BCT, 1st Inf. Div. PAO
BAGHDAD – While patrolling the streets in the Kadamiyah district of western Baghdad Feb. 16, Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment were approached by a local man and his seven year old son.
The child had been badly burned in an accident about a week prior.
The man had immediately taken his son to a local hospital for treatment. Since that time, though, the wound had become infected and the man was concerned for his son’s well being.
Pvt. Robert Connet, a medic from Fort Wayne, Ind., and Spc. Marcus Wagner, from Anaheim, Calif., both from Company D, 1-325th AIR, immediately started treatment for the child.
After removing the old bandages and inspecting the wound they applied new bandages.
The patrol then continued on their way, now followed by a small boy with a new bandage, a piece of candy and a big smile.
An Iraqi boy gives the peace sign as Pvt. Robert Connet, a medic from Fort Wayne, Ind., and Sgt. Marcus Wagner, from Anaheim, Calif, both of Company D, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, treat his burned arm Feb. 16 in Baghdad’s Kadamiyah district. The unit was patrolling the neighborhood when the child’s father flagged them down, asking for assistance. The medic inspected the wound and applied a new bandage. (US Army photo by 1st Lt. Chris Defiori, Company D, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment)