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.
Why Donald Trump won't quote the Bible
Dave Ross | August 27, 2015 6:15 amTrump has been adding to his speeches that the Bible is his favorite book. So why was this his response when a reporter asked him his favorite parts?
Trump doesn't know and it doesn't matter
Dave Ross | August 26, 2015 6:46 amDonald Trump recently dodged a question, and a reporter, dealing with how he actually plans to deport 11 million illegal immigrants.
Another round of Fill in the Blanks with Dave Ross
Dave Ross | August 25, 2015 7:13 amIt's a financial edition of Fill in the Blanks. This time, Dave Ross asks you what the proper response to a stock market dive is.
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Dave Ross | August 24, 2015 9:24 amI have something to relax you while you watch your retirement fund tank.
Could any of us do what they did?
Dave Ross | August 23, 2015 10:45 pmNot many summer vacation stories can match the one that Alek Skarlatos, a soldier just back from Afghanistan, can tell about his trip with a couple of friends on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris last Friday.
That's enough! No more Miss Nice Lady!
Dave Ross | August 21, 2015 7:27 amViral-video sensation Cherry the waitress could speak to how we all would really like someone to say what they're really thinking.
Do multiracial churches help white people understand Black Lives Matter movement?
Kipp Robertson | August 20, 2015 10:55 pmIt's going to take a lot more effort to understand how black people feel about the current state of our nation.
Inside one of Seattle's first charter schools
Dave Ross | August 20, 2015 12:52 pmThe Summit Sierra charter school has opened in Seattle's International District as one of the first of its kind after Washington approved charter schools.
Why would anybody willingly do sex work?
Dave Ross | August 20, 2015 9:46 amA Seattle sex worker says the city's approach to prostitution and other sex work is misguided. Mistress Matisse says she doesn't need help, and would like to have protection of the law.
Is the Ashley Madison data breach morally justifiable?
Dave Ross | August 20, 2015 6:17 amThe recent Ashley Madison data breach exposed 30 million men who signed up to cheat on their wives. That's a lot of men. Does that make them a special interest group?
Architect of famous elevated park scoffs at similar idea for Seattle
Kipp Robertson | August 19, 2015 11:46 amJames Corner says the proposal to build such a pedestrian bridge along the Seattle waterfront would not be the same as that of New York's High Line park.
The FDA liberates the female libido
Dave Ross | August 19, 2015 6:57 amThe FDA has finally approved the little pink pill, the so-called female Viagra, 17 years after the male version.
It's time for Supreme Court to issue real threat
Dave Ross | August 18, 2015 9:34 amThe Washington Supreme Court's threat to fine the Legislature $100,000 per day turns out to be less of a threat than I originally thought.
Amazon may be ruthless, but in a different way than you expect
Dave Ross | August 18, 2015 6:20 amResponses and commentary have exploded in the wake of a New York Times article describing Amazon as a company with ruthless working conditions.
Dave Ross may spend more at thought of crying Amazon workers
Kipp Robertson | August 17, 2015 12:31 pmDeciding to cancel a purchase through Amazon could be costing people their jobs and is creating a dilemma for KIRO Radio's Dave Ross.