Tale of a True Hero: U.S. Soldier Gives His Life to Save Afghan Girl
A Rhode Island National Guardsman gave his life last week to save an Afghan child from being rundown in the road.
Sergeant Dennis Weichel was in Northeastern Afghanistan where some local children were on the road, collecting brass shell casings. An armored vehicle somehow got put into gear and began rolling forward. Most of the children were able to get out of the way, but one little girl didn't have the chance. Weichel came to her rescue and dragged her to safety, but was hit by the armored vehicle himself and killed in the process.
Soldiers Who Knew Sgt. Dennis Weichel ‘Not Surprised’ He Gave His Life to Save Afghan Child
Weichel was also a devoted father. In heartbreaking video recorded this past Christmas, Weichel surprised his children at their school after spending months serving in Afghanistan. Watch the video and hear more about Weichel’s heroism below.