PVTs save 3 from SUV

| October 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sgt. Karenlee Axe
2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — It was 5:45 p.m. at the end of the workday, here, Friday, Sept. 13.

Drivers and passengers were sitting in their vehicles, but traffic wasn’t moving.

Kleinow

Kleinow

As cars slowly began to move forward, the reason for the delay came into view: A sports utility vehicle had just flipped over in an accident, en route to the H-2.

“Oh my gosh, did that really just happen?” said Pvt. Tyler Kleinow to his friend in the passenger seat, Pvt. 1st Class Dalton Reidel.

With no official officers to address the accident, Kleinow, assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, and Reidel, Co. A, 225th Bde. Support Bn., 2nd Stryker BCT, exited their vehicle without hesitation and ran to the overturned vehicle.

The Soldiers noticed that the vehicle was notably smoking, indicating the chance it could catch on fire at any moment. They knew they had to hurry.

“My father is a firefighter, and it just felt like the right thing to do,” said Kleinow.

Reidel

Reidel

Kleinow and Reidel pulled two small children from the rear seats of the SUV. Once the children were safe, they returned to help the mother out of the vehicle.

Kleinow explained that his military training has instilled in him the responsibility to assist and to always protect those in harm’s way, no matter who they are.

“We ask our Soldiers to take action and make a difference in whatever that situation is,” said Lt. Col. Barrette Bernard, commander, 2-27th Inf. Regt.

“That’s exactly what he (Kleinow) did,” Bernard continued. “He saw people in need, and he didn’t hesitate. He went to the problem, and he took action, and in this case, he probably saved lives.”

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