A retired U.S. Special Forces operator turned aid worker recently ran through a sea of ISIS live-fire to save a young girl in Mosul, Iraq. And it was all captured in a viral video.
The hero, Dave Eubank, and his team currently work in Mosul to provide aid to civilians who have been trapped by ISIS. His organization, Free Burma Rangers, is a highly trained, highly adaptable, multifaceted relief team that is dispatched where others don’t have the ability or gall to go.
It all started when Eubanks and his cadre spotted dozens of civilians near the frontlines of ISIS fire—most of which were lying on the ground shot dead by ISIS militants. “Babies, moms, old people in wheelchairs shot because they tried to flee across this road,” Eubank said.
Eubank then noticed movement among the carnage—a little girl peeked out from under the hijab of her dead mother. “I thought, well, it’s now or never,” he said. “I really thought I was going to die. I’ve been in many, many combat situations but this was, to me, one of the worst.”
But the fear of death did not deter Eubank: “I said, ‘well, if I die trying to save a little girl, my wife and kids will understand.’”
As seen in the heart-stopping footage, Eubank was able to successfully dodge ISIS fire and save the young girl, plus two others. Eubank is a true hero.