Dr. Richard Jadick is no stranger to deployment. The naval surgeon was deployed to Iraq in 2004, where he served with the 1st Battalion 8th Marine Regiment.
During his time with the battalion, he was on the front line in the middle of the fighting. So when Russia invaded Ukraine, he knew what he needed to do.
Heading To Ukraine
In the month since Russian forces invaded the country of Ukraine, more than 900 civilians have been killed, according to The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Originally the group, Save Our Allies was created for rescuing allies in Afghanistan as military forces left the country. However, the group was all for going to Ukraine to assist.
At the time, Jadick was in Tennessee teaching. Save Our Allies reached out to him and asked him to help with the evacuation and rescue of those caught in the middle of the conflict.
The very next week, Jadick was in Poland. The same week that Benjamin Hall, a FOX News Correspondent, was shot outside of Kyiv by Russians.
Just In Time
Two of Hall’s colleagues were killed by incoming Russian fire a couple of days before he was shot. As a result, Hall’s injuries were not to be taken lightly. Jadick said on The Story, “I went upstairs and saw Ben” to give him medical attention.
“I said, ‘Ben, you don’t know me. I’m Rich Jadick. I’m a physician. I’m here to get you out.’ And he said, ‘When do you want to go?’ I said we’ll get ready in 20 minutes, we’re going to get you packaged up and we’re going to figure out a way to get you out of here.”Dr. Richard Jadick
He was able to save Hall’s life in the nick of time. In the interview on The Story, Jadick gives Save Our Allies credit. He said that because of them, he was able to “be in the right place at the right time.”
“Save Our Allies are the ones who had us in the right position to be able to do for Ben what he needed, which is a safe, easy recovery.”Dr. Richard Jadick
Jadick is a highly decorated military doctor and has a Bronze Star for his bravery in the Battle of Fallujah.