Gwinnett chief pays tribute to two soldiers for saving gunshot victim
GWINNETT COUNTY, Georgia – Staff Sgt Austin Childers and Staff Sgt. Richard Borges works at the US Army recruiting office in Buford and was just coming out of a store on Buford Drive when shots were fired from a nearby business at around 1:40 p.m. on April 5. On Monday, Gwinnett County Police Chief Bret West honored the two soldiers, insisting on their actions that day, helped officers detain the gunman and saved the victim’s life.
“You went above and beyond your call. You both deserve kudos for a job well done,” said the chef.
“He saw the guy lying on the ground at first, and thank goodness he did, and it was just an instinct to react,” said Burges, who joined the military for six years.s since. “We’re soldiers at the end of the day, so that’s what we’re trained to do – just go looking,” added Childers, who joined the military five years ago.
Childers told FOX 5 he spotted the gunman trying to hide behind a car and yelled at him, ordering him to get down. When the shooter complied, Childers and Burges turned their attention to the victim and began applying tourniquets and chest shields.
“It’s not something you see every day, but the main objective was to help the young man and get him to safety, give him first aid and get him out of there,” he said. Burges told reporters after the chef honored him and his colleague on Monday morning.
“Staff Sergeant Burges even took off his uniform shirt to cover the victim and reassured him that he would be fine. Childress, covered in blood with his arms and hands, was able to tell paramedics where the injuries were and the extent of the injury. injuries, ”the chief said.
Chief West said the gunman was arrested and the victim was taken to hospital with gunshot wounds to his chest and leg., and arm and survive thanks to two soldiers he calls real heroes.
“Ignoring the danger they can have with a shooter still in the zone, they’ve taken it upon themselves to step in and save someone’s life and that’s admirable,” Chief West said.
The two soldiers had the chance to speak to the shooting victim and his relatives. They were all thankful that the soldiers were in the right place at the right time.
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