In 2012 Spc. Dennis P. Weichel Jr., a 29-year-old soldier, was riding in a convoy in Laghman Province in eastern Afghanistan. Weichel and his unit noticed that some children were collecting shell casings on the road. The soldiers warned the children and told them to stay out of the way. However, one of them hurried back to collect more shells. The casings were underneath an army truck with a weight of more than 16 tons.
Weichel immediately lifted the boy out of the way and jumped in front of the truck in order to save the kid. He got seriously injured and was taken to hospital. ABC reported that the boy survived but the man wasn’t so lucky as he later died from his wounds.
Governor Lincoln Chafee said that Weichel was a brave, selfless and committed man. The soldier gave his life not for his country but for an unknown Afghani boy.