Soldier Demonstrates Courage On and Off Duty
by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Felix Fimbre
February 18, 2020
Amidst the hustle and bustle of shoppers at an Ohio mall, a young
man ran past Spc. Simone Young screaming, “I got shot, I got shot,”
before lifting up his shirt to ask if he was bleeding.
heard something. It didn’t sound like a gunshot. It sounded more
like a fender bender,” said Young, who is a U.S. Army Reserve
Spc. Simone Young, a U.S. Army
Reserve medic, helped save a young man’s life while off duty
at an Ohio mall on October 10, 2019 ... The image on the
left shows her working at Ohio State University Wexner
Medical Center on June 26, 2019. The image on right
shows Spc. Simone Young with her unit, 256th Combat Support Hospital, headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio
on March 3, 2019. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from
photos courtesy of U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Simone Young.)
It turned out the man was fine but his friend wasn’t.
With her heart racing, she followed the man to the parking lot where
she saw a young man sitting against a car.
was at the mall with her mom for lunch. It was an ordinary fall day
in Ohio, and Young was outside her local mall food court texting her
boyfriend. Surrounded by cars, she saw a man sitting on the parking
lot asphalt leaning against a vehicle. She couldn’t see any blood
but could tell the man was in pain.
“I don’t know where I’ve
been hit,” the young man said as she approached him.
you to lay down,” Young told him as she began to assess him and do a
medic sweep she had learned during her military training to become a
combat medic in 2016.
Luckily for him, she had been
sharpening her skills while working in the emergency room at Ohio
State University Wexner Medical Center; but he was being difficult.
“I told him, ‘No, seriously, I need you to lay down. I work at
the hospital,’” she said.
He listened, and during her sweep
she found blood on his right pant leg.
Young could hear
sirens in the distance, but she had no idea if they were coming
toward her. As she worked on the young man's bullet wound, blood
began to spurt all over her hands and clothes. She applied direct pressure to
his groin and asked a group of passersby for something to tie off
the leg and stop the bleeding. Just then, a car raced through the
parking lot and stopped just feet away from the small crowd.
“I was worried the shooter had come back to finish the job.” Young
“Everybody back up!” a man shouted as he got out of the
car with a gun pointed at them.
“He told me the guy who got
shot was his brother, so I told him I was rendering care,” Young
said. “I asked him to stop aiming his gun at me and he lowered his
gun, so I went back to applying direct pressure and trying to figure
out how to tie off the leg with just a bunch of towels someone had
After a few more minutes, a police helicopter
approached the scene. Young breathed a sigh of relief. However, her
relief was short-lived as the policeman also drew his weapon.
“I’m rendering care!” Young said as she showed the officer the
makeshift tourniquet she was trying to apply. The police officer
allowed her to continue but the ambulance pulled up just a few
“They came up with their aid bags and their
SWAT gear. I was just like, ‘Wow! This is really serious.’” Young
said. Young was able to provide immediate action until emergency
medical technicians arrived and took the victim to the hospital.
“She was one of the few who stuck around to be interviewed by
the officers after the incident,” said Detective Steven Kaethow,
Felony Assault Unit at the Columbus Police Department. “The officers
told me she was rending aid when they arrived and they were very
Her Army Reserve unit commander, Capt. Victoria
Johnson, was not surprised Young took action.
“She tells us
stories of patients she has helped resuscitate in the ER,” said
Johnson. “You can hear the energy, excitement and satisfaction she
gets out it. Young continues to prove to herself and everyone else
that she is a great medic.”
Young is member of the 371st
Minimal Care Detachment, with the 256th Combat Support Hospital,
headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio. Enlisting in 2015 and graduating
medic school in 2016, Young has a passion for the medical field. She
is currently working on finishing her pre-requisites so she can
pursue a medical degree while working in the emergency room.
The next day, Young received a snapchat asking if she was Simone
Young. The sender revealed he was the man whose life she had saved.
“At this point I began to tear up. His mom also sent me a
message telling me how thankful she was that I was there,” Simone
Simone has been in a few situations since she first
completed her military medical training where she’s had to apply her
skills. Just a few weeks after returning home to Ohio after her
training she saw a Young woman run into a pole while texting and
pulled over to provide assistance. Recently, Young was near a
multi-car accident and was able to help provide immediate
“At this point, I feel like this is what I was
meant to do. I feel protected, like this is my calling,” she said.
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