Today is 11 years since the dates 9/11 became forever a part of our collective memories, world-wide, and we remember.
Innocents who had not officially enlisted that day to be warriors lost lives and affected countless others lives in our communities. We also remember those who rushed in selflessly to help, to try to save lives.
Military Success Network respectfully remembers.
We’re also remembering those who answer the call of duty to capture history, journalists who help us make sense of the world around us. If the life saving skills of any one of the brave police, fireman or other heroes who rushed to help in 9/11 were present in peers at a conflict zone, it is likely that some might not succumb to wounds and die.
““Please check out this non-profit started by Sebastian Junger,” says Nate Brookshire, Military Success Network co-founder. “I, for one, appreciate the perspective combat journalist give us. Without their putting themselves in harm’s way, the soldier’s perspective would rarely be seen. The documentary Restrepo is a must see. The film is worth your time.”
“Sebastian collaborated with Tim Hetherington on the documentary released in 2010. Tim was killed in April 2011 covering the conflict in Libya. This is a wonderful way to keep his memory alive.”
Below we share Sebastian’s personal message about founding *RISC *Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues
“During the siege of Misrata by Colonel Gaddafi’s forces last April, a single mortar shell landed on the frontlines of Tripoli Street and changed journalism – and my life – forever. In addition to killing and wounding many Libyan fighters, an American photojournalist named Chris Hondros was mortally wounded, and my good friend and colleague, Tim Hetherington, was hit by shrapnel in the groin.
Tim’s wound did not have to be fatal, but it killed him nevertheless. His femoral artery had been cut, and although that is an extremely serious injury, there are things that can be done to prolong life. Unfortunately, none of the journalists or rebels around him knew what to do, and Tim bled out and died in the back of a pickup truck on the way to the Misrata hospital. Tim is not the first friend I have lost in combat, but his death was certainly the most devastating. It has prompted me to start a medical training program for freelancer journalists so that the next tragedy can be averted. Our course is modeled after informal training that Tim and I received in Afghanistan and is taught by experienced medics, many with extensive combat experience.
The course lasts three days and covers basic procedures for saving someone’s life on the battlefield: clearing air passageways, stopping or slowing bleeding from wounds, stopping air leakage into the chest cavity from a chest wound and transporting the injured person to a medical facility.
Each graduate receives a combat medical kit with our RISC logo on the side and is expected to keep it on their person at all times while in a war zone. We plan to offer courses in New York, London and Beirut, and all costs are born by charitable donations. Students only pay their own travel and food expenses.
It is my hope that soon, first aid training and preparedness will be the industry norm, like having a flak jacket and helmet. It is only a matter of time until another journalist receives a wound like Tim’s, and I want to do everything I can to spare others what his friends and family endured last April.”
FAST FACTS on RISC:
RISC is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency medical training to freelance conflict journalists.
- Founded in 2011 after the death of acclaimed photographer Tim Hetherington who died from wounds he suffered in a mortar attack while covering the conflict in Libya.
- It is believed that first aid might have saved his on the short ride to the hospital.
- Most journalists in conflict zones are not trained in first aid
- Since its launch in April 2012 more than 200 applications for training have come in from journalists around the world.
- RISC covers instruction fees and accommodations for the reporters, and provides each graduate with a comprehensive medical kit similar to that carried by military combat medics.
On the one year anniversary of Tim Hetherington’s death, RISC held its first training in New York at the Bronx Documentary Center in April 2012. The organization contracted Wilderness Medical Associates International’s instructors to train 24 experienced freelance conflict journalists in battlefield first aid.
RISC is a 501(c)(3) organization. Its corporate sponsors include:
• ABC News
• National Geographic
• Vanity Fair
• Conde Nast
• Getty Images