Texas A&M Former Student Turned Aid Worker Saves Iraqi Girl Amid Gunfire

David Eubank, a Texas A&M former student, carries a young girl to safety in Mosul, Iraq. (Photo courtesy Free Burma Rangers)

By Sam Peshek, Texas A&M University Marketing and Communications

Editor’s note: video contains video of gunfire and graphic violence.

A video of an American aid worker in Iraq running through a flurry of gunfire to save a young girl caught national media attention over the weekend, causing audiences to hold their breath as he carried the girl to safety.

The man behind the heroics is Texas A&M University graduate David A. Eubank, a former U.S. Special Forces operative who now directs the Free Burma Rangers (FBR), an aid organization that provides humanitarian support in conflict zones in Burma, Iraq and Sudan, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The 56-year-old member of the class of 1983 studied political science, according to his profile on The Association of Former Students website. According to Eubank’s description of events from earlier this month, a large group of Iraqis was pinned down by ISIS snipers in Mosul, Iraq and the group was able to use a smoke screen and an Iraqi tank for cover as they attempted to rescue survivors.

Eubank served as a U.S. Special Forces and Ranger officer before founding FBR in 1997 with a Karen medic in Burma.

Learn more about Eubank and his work on the FBR, the Los Angeles Times and the Daily Mail.


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