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Soldier cuts off own leg to #save colleagues’ lives

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How far can you go for your friends? How much pain can you endure to save a friend or friend’s life?

As seen on Instablog, An American soldier has done so much for his friends that he is now being recognized for his incredible devotion to friendship. Read his story below:

A 21-year-old American soldier, Ezra Maes, had to cut his own leg in order to save his colleagues during Exercise Atlantic Resolve in 2018. ..Maes and two other soldiers had fallen asleep in their tank after a week-long training exercise in Europe. They woke up to find the tank speeding down a hill…“I called out to the driver, ‘Step on the brakes!’” Maes said. “But he shouted back that it wasn’t him.” There was a hydraulic leak in the tank and it was going about 90 miles per hour. ..The tank later crashed into an embankment, throwing Maes across the vehicle. His leg caught in the turret gear. Gunner Sgt. Aechere Crump was bleeding badly from a cut on her thigh, and driver Pfc. Victor Alamo suffered a broken back…But Maes was determined to help, so he amputated his own leg. “I pushed and pulled at my leg as hard as I could to get loose and felt a sharp tear,” Maes said. ..He was losing blood fast. He used his own belt to form a makeshift tourniquet and began shock procedures on himself, forcing himself to remain calm and his heart rate down…“All I could think about was no one knows we’re down here.  Either I step up or we all die.” While radio communications were down, Maes was able to text for help using the only phone that survived the crash.

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