Viral video spreading like wild fire shows David Eubank, a former Special Forces operator running into gunfire to snatch up a small child caught in the middle, safely returning the child to safety.
The video takes place in Mosul under intense fire from ISIS snipers. Here’s the must-watch clip:
US Special Forces operator turned aid-worker runs through ISIS gunfire to save child. God bless David Eubank pic.twitter.com/N7gUMryxlN
— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) June 18, 2017
More on Eubank and his transition from soldier to aid worker from the Los Angeles Times:
Then, in the distance, Eubank noticed movement among a group of corpses clustered before a wall pocked by bullets: A half-naked toddler stumbled over the bodies; a girl of about 5 peeked from under the hijab of her dead mother; propped up against the wall, a wounded man waved for help.
The sniper fire continued, and the the survivors were 150 yards away. Eubank and some Iraqi troops quickly came up with a plan: Eubank would try to rescue the girl.
The journey that brought the 56-year-old Eubank and his volunteer services organization, the Free Burma Rangers, to that fateful moment in the wasteland of Mosul began when he was 3 years old.
Even when he was a toddler growing up in Texas, Eubank insists, he knew he wanted to be a soldier. And when he turned 18 he enlisted, eventually rising to lead a military free fall team with the First Special Forces Group, running missions in Central and South America and then mostly Thailand.
But in 1992, after almost 10 years in the military, he decided he wanted “the freedom to go where God was leading.”