From Renee of the Soldiers' Angels Living Legends Team:
We have a fallen Hero from Soldiers' Angels, Sgt. Jeremy D. Barnett.
Sgt. Barnett 27, of Mineral City, OH, died Feb. 24 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds sustained from a landmine detonation in Ad-Dujayl, Iraq, on Feb. 21.
He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Jeremy is survived by his parents, Dave & Michelle Barnette, and his three younger sisters, Natalie, Emily and Rebecca Barnett.
You may have heard or read about Jeremy in the past week. As a Soldier, he served his country. As a forward observer, his job was to make sure other soldiers going on missions would be safer, saving lives.
And after he was mortally injured, as an organ donor he saved yet another life.
Jeremy's parents were flown to Germany after he was wounded. There they spent Friday and Saturday morning with him before he was brought to the operating room for the surgery that would not save his life, but that of a 51-year-old European.
"I bathed my son," Michele Barnett said. "I escorted him to the doors of the operating room."
"He gave his life twice," his mother said. "Once for his country and once for another human being.
"He did what a lot of us never have enough guts to do.
"Our son's heart is beating in this person's body so that they can live. It was my son's choice to be an organ donor and I was never more proud of my son - he was truly a hero". "
Michelle Barnett is truly a hero, too.
Please take a moment to read these two articles about Jeremy and his family:
- Remembering Sgt. Jeremy Barnett - Heart of a soldier - Mineral City man killed in Iraq helps save another's life
- A soldier's heart saves another life
The Patriot Guard Riders will be riding for Sgt. Jeremy Barnett .
Remember our Heroes.