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A Random Deed of Mercy

Soldier Makes the Ultimate Sacrifice

In Afghanistan, where my son Matt serves as a U.S. Army medic, my wife and I recently learned of a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice for his fellows. On March 30, 2010, Staff Sargeant Scott W. Brunkhorst, who serves in the same battalion as our son, was leading his squad in a dismounted patrol to detonate an IED in the Arghandab River Valley in southern Afghanistan. When Sargeant Brunkhorst realized the IED was going to go off, he threw himself on it to save the other members of his squad. He was only 25 and leaves his wife, Krystal, and their daughter Kendall. This young man has been my hero the last couple of weeks, and I remembered him and his family in a special way on Divine Mercy Sunday. Like that of Jesus, his life personifies the Gospel passage: "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends" (Jn 15:13).

— D.C., e-mail

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