Video: Army Medic Saves Life of Sniper Who Tried to Kill Him

Soldier survives attack; captures, medically treats sniper (Video) (Army Times)

Photo: Pfc. Stephen Tschiderer, a native of Mendon, N.Y., and a medic with E Troop, 101st “Saber” Cavalry Division, attached to 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was shot in the chest by an enemy sniper, during a routine patrol in west Baghdad. During a routine patrol in Baghdad June 2, Army Pfc. Stephen Tschiderer, a medic, was shot in the chest by an enemy sniper, hiding in a van just 75 yards away. The incident was filmed by the insurgents.

Tschiderer, with E Troop, 101st “Saber” Cavalry Division, attached to 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was knocked to the ground from the impact, but he popped right back up, took cover and located the enemy’s position.

After tracking down the now-wounded sniper with a team from B Company, 4th Battalion, 1st Iraqi Army Brigade, Tschiderer secured the terrorist with a pair of handcuffs and gave medical aid to the terrorist who̢۪d tried to kill him just minutes before.

The video of the attack is here.

A detaile account of the incident by the 256th BCT in PDF format is here. An excerpt:

“I knew I was hit, but was uncertain of the damage or location from the hit,” Tschiderer said. “The only thing that was going through my mind was to take cover and locate the sniper’s position.” The shot came from my 12 o’clock position from a silver van parked across an intersection about 75 meters from my location.” said Tschiderer. After Tschiderer alerted his fellow Soldiers of the enemy location, they immediately began to pursue the terrorists.

Due to his heroic actions and quick decisions, Tschiderer located the enemy while he took cover and alerted the rest of his team on patrol. As the Saber team engaged and disabled the sniper̢۪s position, two terrorists fled on foot, leaving a blood trail that came from the wounds of the enemy sniper. A cordon and search was immediately set up and Tschiderer assisted his team in the search of the two terrorists. The driver of the silver vehicle was detained by a team from B Co. 3-156th Inf. Bn. while Tschiderer and a team from B Company, 4th Battalion, 1st Iraqi Army Brigade, continued to follow the blood trail which led them to the yard where the wounded sniper lay in pain.

As Tschiderer secured the terrorist with a pair of handcuffs, he gave medical aid to the wounded terrorist—the same one who’d tried to take his life.

Elsewhere:

  • Michelle Malkin rightly terms Tschiderer “an American hero.”
  • John Cole‘s commenters prefer the term “badass.”
  • McQ finds it ironic that the would-be killers filming the video were shouting “Allah Akbar” during the entire scene.
FILED UNDER: Iraq War, Military Affairs
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Comments

  1. Anderson says:

    Well, “Allah akbar!” means, iirc, “God is great,” and it’s indeed ironic that the would-be killers were shouting that, since it was the heroism and compassion of our soldier which testified to their statement, and not their own wicked deed.