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.
Crude or funny: What do you think of these socks sold at the UW bookstore?
Kipp Robertson | February 12, 2016 10:54 amCollege is a time to be experimental. Based on a top-selling item in the University of Washington bookstore, it's also a time to be vulgar.
Donald Trump proves exactly nothing about how he'd run government
Dave Ross | February 12, 2016 6:36 amWhile Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders went back and forth on Wall Street donations during the Democratic debate, Donald Trump was bragging about how little he spent in New Hampshire.
Dave Ross makes a 'startling discovery' in New Hampshire
Dave Ross | February 11, 2016 6:05 amWhile Dave Ross was in New Hampshire this week he made a startling discovery. he found out what happened to the supporters of libertarian candidate Rand Paul.
Dave Ross: Why is Donald Trump using a Beatles song?
Kipp Robertson | February 10, 2016 8:03 amKIRO Radio's Dave Ross wonders why Donald Trump would ever use The Beatles' "Revolution" to pump up his crowd of supporters.
In order to hit back at their foes, nice politicians may need to play 'dirty'
Dave Ross | February 10, 2016 5:20 amNew Hampshire seems to be saying that even in a solar system dominated by Donald Trump, there may be a market among Republicans for temperate planets.
Dave Ross discovers what could be Hillary Clinton's downfall
Dave Ross | February 09, 2016 5:34 amThe chatter is that Hillary is "taking stock." Good choice of words because her own supporters seem to be getting squeamish about her Wall Street donors.
Donald Trump ignores critical question after GOP debate, answers softball inquiry
Kipp Robertson | February 08, 2016 8:13 amKIRO Radio's Colleen O'Brien tried to get an answer out of Trump after the debate.
Dave Ross: New Hampshire is permeated by political dark matter
Dave Ross | February 08, 2016 5:20 amAccording to the people Dave Ross has talked to in New Hampshire, what you read in the polls isn't etched in stone, even at this late hour.
Fearing the pharmaceutical industry, Dave Ross vows to never get sick
Dave Ross | February 05, 2016 7:32 amRemember Martin Shkreli, the former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals? He's famous for jacking up the price of an old prescription medicine to $75,000 a bottle.
Election 2016: Dave and Colleen travel to New Hampshire primary
MyNorthwest.com | February 04, 2016 10:58 pmDave Ross and Colleen O'Brien, on KIRO Radio's Seattle's Morning News, are in New Hampshire for the primary on Tuesday.
The inheritance of Mayor Ed Murray: Seattle's homeless crisis
Richard D. Oxley | February 04, 2016 9:07 pmSeattle Mayor Ed Murray discusses homelessness, criticism, and what to do about it.
Mother of 'Jungle' shooters could face similar charges, McKenna says
Kipp Robertson | February 04, 2016 7:12 amIt wouldn't come as a shock to former Attorney General Rob McKenna if the families of the people killed in The Jungle tried to find a way to blame the City of Seattle.
Dave Ross: Why not train gun dealers to spot wannabe terrorists?
February 03, 2016 5:52 amA former gun shop owner now runs a program that teaches gun dealers how to spot the warning signs of suicide, so they know who needs help instead of a gun.
Has Trump set the tone for future celebrity candidates?
Kipp Robertson | February 02, 2016 8:20 amThe fact that Donald Trump was in and out of Iowa fairly quickly and still managed to take second in the caucus says something.
Donald Trump shouldn't buy his Iowa farm just yet
Dave Ross | February 02, 2016 5:26 amI think Donald Trump is in for a rougher ride because as the other candidates drop out, he has fewer victims to bully, and a lot more time in the debates, which means he'll have to start giving real answers.