There are times in life where you just act in hopes of helping others. You don’t think about your own well-being, just as long as the people you are helping make it out of the situation okay.
One such moment was captured on camera after a former US Special Forces operator-turned aid worker ran through gunfire to rescue a young girl.
David Eubank, 56, pulled off the daring rescue in the embattled northern Iraq city, where allied forces have been on a grinding offensive to re-take the city from ISIS for the past eight months.
Eubank says he came across a group of civilians who had been gunned down by an ISIS sniper, and saw a toddler and a girl of five moving among the bodies.
A video shows him running to save the girl as two other members of the self-styled aid group – the Free Burma Rangers – provide covering fire with machine guns.
Eubank told the Los Angeles Times, “I thought, if I die doing this, my wife and kids would understand.”
Wearing his helmet and ballistic vest, Eubank charged into the kill zone and retrieved the girl. He rushed back to find the toddler, but was unsuccessful. The team also tried to save an injured man, but he did not survive.
Eubank, who founded the Christian humanitarian group Free Burma Rangers after retiring from the US Army, led the group along with his wife Karen and their three children ages 11 to 16, into Mosul after hearing horror stories of ISIS’s treatment of civilians.
‘I believe God sent me here, and I don’t think about security… but I always ask myself if I’m doing it out of pride,’ he told the Times.
Soon after that rescue, Eubank and his family returned to the US. But they are already thinking about future missions to Iraq.
His wife home schools their children, Sahale, 16, Suuzane, 14, and Peter, 11. They were in the Iraqi 9th Division’s medical clinic, just a mile from the front line.