A former U.S. special forces operative who risked his life earlier this month to save a little girl admitted on Thursday what drove him to commit the heroic act: a Bible verse.
In an interview with Fox News anchor Heather Childers, David Eubank recalled his heroic rescue of an Iraqi girl while taking fire from Islamic State terrorists just outside Mosul, Iraq.
He proudly stated it was John 15:13 that gave him the courage to run to the girl’s rescue. See the video below for the full interview. Eubank’s Bible verse comments come at the 1:25 mark.
“Greater love hath no man than this — that he lay down his life for his friends,” Eubank recited on air. “And I thought that little girl could be my girl.”
Motivated by the Bible verse, Eubank stated it was out of love for that little girl that he risked his life.
“But I thought, ‘If I die right now, my wife and kids will understand it’s for the love of that girl,” he said. “And that’s why I did it.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, Eubank’s heroic rescue took place on June 2 following the increased killing of innocent civilians in the area by the Islamic State.
Eubank and his team of security contractors were patrolling an area outside Mosul when they observed movement among a group of dead bodies strewn on the street near a destroyed Pepsi factory.
A toddler stumbled over the group of bodies, a wounded man waved for help, and a little girl of about 5 years old peeked out from under her dead mother’s hijab. After assessing the situation, Eubank and his team decided to attempt the rescue of all three.
Guarded by an Iraqi-supplied tank and a smoke wall provided by the Americans, Eubank rescued the little girl while two unidentified military members provided cover fire. Though they were not able to rescue the toddler and wounded man, Eubanks and the girl escaped unscathed.
— David Eubank (@DaveEubankFBR) June 3, 2017
Countless individuals exist around the world just like Eubank who are making a difference, one life at a time, to effect great and lasting change. While their efforts often go unnoticed, it’s great to see heroism like Eubank’s surface to remind us all what true courageis.
Eubank deserves all the recognition in the world for his courageous and valiant efforts. Everyone can rest easy knowing that such a strong and driven individual is standing watch and at the ready to keep the wolves of terrorism at bay.
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