I interviewed a soldier who received the Medal of Honor, Sgt. Leroy Petry. When you prepare for an interview like that, you're going to meet somebody who was practically killed in battle, and you feel a little intimidated.
He told me his story, which I'm sure he's told hundreds of times, but it's certainly worth hearing. His company of Army Rangers were trying to take an enemy compound in Afghanistan. And of course, they were ambushed. The guns opened up, he was hit by a bullet, he and his group were knocked to the ground by a grenade. And then, as he's lying there in the dirt, he sees another grenade bouncing just a foot or so away. And that one would've finished them all off had he not grabbed it and flung it as hard as he could even as it exploded in his hand.
He lost his hand; he lost part of his arm. As he told me this story, he said he didn't feel anything, just that he had to do something to protect his buddies. So, with his remaining hand, he tied a tourniquet around his injured arm, called for help, and he got them out of there.
Most of us will never be tested in that way. I have no idea how I'd react, you have no idea how you'd react, even if you'd be able to go on with the rest of your life. When I met Sgt. Petry, he had a big smile, he was happy to shake my hand with his new mechanical one.
He's still in the Army today. He counsels families that get the same news his parents did the day he was injured. He ended his interview with me with a request for when you meet somebody in uniform. You usually say, "Thank you for your service." That's kind of a timeworn phrase now. Sgt. Petry told me that a little thumbs up is a good way to know you understand the price they're willing to pay.
Katy Perry will do it in 12 and half minutes
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Rules for the Super Bowl
Dave Ross | January 29, 2015 9:26 amThe rules for fans at University of Phoenix stadium dictate: No air horns, no aerosol cans, no animals - except for your service pig, of course - no bottles, cans, brooms, coolers, knives, laser pointers, illegal drugs, large umbrellas, fireworks or folding chairs.
Comcast customer service renames couple with profanity on billing address
Dave Ross | January 29, 2015 7:33 amAs we all know by now, calling the cable company to try to cancel your service ranks somewhere between a mugging and hernia surgery.
A fine? Marshawn Lynch should get a bonus
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Under the radar
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Should you spy on your kids' computer use?
Dave Ross | January 26, 2015 7:35 amYour kids use the internet too much and you want them to stop.
Dave Ross sings, 'Re-Pete'
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Who thought that the front line of social change would run through the nation's bakeries?
Dave Ross | January 23, 2015 7:20 amApparently it does - this time it's a cake shop in suburban Denver that took an order for two wedding cakes shaped like Bibles, which the owner, Marjorie Silva, was happy to make.
What is the pope really up to?
Dave Ross | January 22, 2015 7:43 amIt's been a long time since Catholics have had a pope who likes to float trial balloons. Saying things like, he wasn't going to judge homosexuals, or that Christ redeems even atheists.
Study: Seahawks wins might mean $120 more in your pocket
Dave Ross | January 21, 2015 10:53 amWe have argued for years about whether sports franchises are a boost to the local economy or basically neutral. But there is some research out there that indicates that the rules are slightly different when you have a team that's as successful as the Seattle Seahawks have been.
Are they finally serious?
Dave Ross | January 21, 2015 6:13 amState of the Union speeches tend to be predictable. The state of the union is always strong. But surely the President would at least show a little emotional scarring from last November - right?
The words the White House will not say
Dave Ross | January 20, 2015 7:25 amPresident Obama is refusing to use the term "Radical Islam" to describe terrorists who claim to be Muslim. His critics are disgusted.
The highlights: Seattle Seahawks are the NFC Champions
Dave Ross | January 19, 2015 9:09 amA Seahawks mashup with the song, "Houdini" from "Foster The People."
It's not easy being Green Bay
Dave Ross | January 19, 2015 5:33 amIf it's any consolation - I think we've all had a Green Bay experience.
The Papal punch
Dave Ross | January 16, 2015 6:48 amPope Francis is many things. A lot of people think he's the most liberal pope in history. But on Thursday, he proved he is no pacifist.