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.
With apologies to Dori, walking and biking safer than driving
Dave Ross | March 27, 2015 8:19 amIf walkers and cyclist are involved in 3 percent of collisions, as SDOT director Scott Kubly says, it means that motorists are involved in the other 97 percent.
Pro-choicers and pro-lifers find harmony in Washington
Dave Ross | March 27, 2015 6:36 amThe really remarkable thing about Peggy Young's case is that it put pro-choice liberals and pro-life conservatives on the same side of the issue.
Fear the middle class will get resourceful?
Dave Ross | March 26, 2015 6:18 amThey are a family of 11, living in a nine bedroom mansion in Hartford, Connecticut's upscale West End. The yard is neat, the house is well-maintained.
Unique form of ADHD could be caused by pollution
Dave Ross | March 25, 2015 11:53 amA study released Wednesday shows that a significant amount of the ADHD we're seeing in children today could come from air pollution.
Are we destined to become pets?
Dave Ross | March 25, 2015 6:18 amI'm sure you've noticed that your phone's speech recognition is getting a lot better and you've heard about the smart cars that can drive themselves. It's all because of this type of super-intelligence, which is only in its early stages.
Dave Ross: Should debates over gay marriage be decided by the free market?
March 24, 2015 6:28 amIt looks like Indiana will be the latest state to pass its own Religious Freedom Restoration Act in response to the spread of gay marriage.
Let taxpayers decide how they want their money spent
March 23, 2015 6:24 amWe are asked in great detail how we got our money, and we are told with great precision how much we owe, but there is not one single question on that tax return asking us how we want our money spent.
Dave and Colleen visit Ciscoe's garden
March 20, 2015 6:48 amKIRO Radio's Dave Ross and Colleen O'Brien got to visit the grounds of master gardener Ciscoe Morris. You might be surprised to learn his garden isn't the size of a football field.
Is the prime minister of Israel a bigot?
Dave Ross | March 20, 2015 5:53 amBenjamin Netanyahu may be a bigot in Hebrew, but in English it's as if he'd just had a cup of racial harmony at Starbucks.
They never ran out of alcohol
Dave Ross | March 19, 2015 6:10 amAnother fraternity is in trouble, this time at Penn State where the local chapter of Kappa Delta Rho posted pictures of intoxicated female party guests to a Facebook page.
Countdown to Seattle's new minimum wage
Dave Ross | March 18, 2015 6:36 amIn two weeks, Seattle's $15 minimum wage law takes effect and everyone's expecting consequences.
Save the planet
Dave Ross | March 17, 2015 6:25 amI'm not talking about climate change, I'm talking about asteroids.
The mystery remains
Dave Ross | March 16, 2015 5:21 amHillary Clinton's private email server is still the most commented story on the political websites. It came up when the president was on with Jimmy Kimmel.
Who is Tom Cotton and what did he say to Iran?
Dave Ross | March 13, 2015 7:38 amSenator Tom Cotton is the youngest sitting member of the U.S. Senate. He's 37 years old. He is also an Iraq war veteran and Harvard-trained lawyer from Arkansas who feels that Iran cannot be trusted with any nuclear centrifuges.
The unlikely timing of violence in Ferguson
Dave Ross | March 12, 2015 7:54 amThe latest violence in Ferguson comes against a backdrop of growing tension during the nightly protests outside the Ferguson police department - which had been going on peacefully since last August.