Your Working Dog Radio hosts, Eric @vanessk9 & Ted @ted_summers, sit down with Army 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment Corporal Joshua Hargis, who is also a two-time world champion Paralympic ice hockey player, Purple Heart and Bronze Star Metal with Valor recipient.
The gents talked about how B Company 3/75 is the best in the Ranger Regiment, and went on to discuss getting into K9 and deploying to Afghanistan. Hargis recounted an insane story from a harrowing mission that cost several guys, including Hargis’ MWD Jany, their lives and changed his forever. The night raid in Kandahar on Oct. 6, 2013 included multiple suicide bombers, and a minefield of IEDs – a baited ambush. After recovering MWD Jany’s remains, Hargis was recovering sensitive material from some of the Fallen, when he stepped on an IED, costing him both of his legs. Hargis was conscious for about an hour and a half as medics used tourniquets and pumped freeze-dried plasma into his veins. Soon after surgery in the hospital, Hargis was conscious enough to salute his commanding officer, despite the medical wrappings, tubes, and personnel who tried to restrain him; resulting in “the salute seen around the world”.
Hargis then talked about becoming an elite Paralympic athlete and how it helps him forget about his disability while he competes with his team; and sadly, how all of that is being ripped away from him due to COVID-19 mandates.
Follow and support him on Instagram at @josh_hargis40
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