UPDATE: Fort Bliss officials retracted their story about a soldier who rescued a crash victim, the Army Times reported. 

“The entire 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss team sincerely apologize to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Highway Patrol, the city of Sweetwater, Texas, the city of El Paso, the University of Texas at El Paso, the New Orleans Saints, the local and national media and the American people,” Fort Bliss spokeswoman Maj. Allie Payne said in a press release.


(original report below)

A young soldier helped save the life of a man who was injured in a car crash in Texas by using his sweatshirt and a ballpoint pen.

Sgt. Trey Troney, 20, had witnessed the crash near Sweetwater shortly before Christmas, according to the Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office.

Upon seeing the victim's gash on his head, Troney said removed his New Orleans Saints hooded sweatshirt and wrapped it around the wound to stop the bleeding.

He told Fox 8 that after realizing the man also had a collapsed lung, he resorted to an ink pen he had.

"I pulled out the ink so it was just a clear tube, just a hollow clear tube," he told the outlet. "I put my finger in the hole and I just started wiggling it in between his ribs. ... I pushed it just close enough to the lung and I felt the air release. He started breathing."

The crash victim, Jeff Udger, even joked about Troney's team during the rescue efforts.

Udger is expected to make a full recovery.


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