Summit County soldier shot in Iraq
Summit County Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado ” Hostile gunfire from Iraqi insurgents wounded former Summit High School student Andrew Parmley Saturday morning during a mission southwest of Baghdad.
Parmley, 22, a U.S. Army combat medic with the 3rd Infantry Division, sustained injuries to the left upper arm when his scout platoon fell under attack.
According to his father, Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue Authority Chief Dave Parmley, Cpl. Parmley remained conscious despite substantial blood loss and was able to talk through the application of a tourniquet to his arm while other members of his platoon suppressed the enemy fire.
Lt. Col. Ken Adgie, 1-30 battalion commander, awarded Parmley with the Purple Heart in Iraq Saturday, before the Summit County native was airlifted to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany that evening.
Parmley, who joined the army in 2006, has been serving in Iraq since June 2007. Prior to this injury, he expected to stay deployed in the Middle East until at least next August.
Parmley’s father said his son would to be medically evacuated to a military hospital in the U.S. sometime early this week. Both his father and his mother, Kathy, hope to fly east in the next day or so to meet him.
“We’re very thankful it’s not a life-threatening injury,” the elder Parmley said. “With the proper follow-up care, he’ll be able to recover fully.” He also expressed gratitude for the support his son has received from the local community.
“(We) wish to thank Summit County for its support of our troops, particularly during the holidays, when many packages and cards were sent to those service men and women from the county who are serving our country with courage and honor,” Chief Parmley said, on behalf of he and his wife.