US volunteer aid worker killed in Bakhmut while helping civilians

4 February, 03:16 PM
Consequences of shelling of Bakhmut by Russian troops (Photo:REUTERS/Anna Kudriavtseva)

Consequences of shelling of Bakhmut by Russian troops (Photo:REUTERS/Anna Kudriavtseva)

A volunteer from the United States, Pete Reed, was killed in Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast, while helping civilians, the news agency CNN reported on Feb. 4.

The aid worker was killed when the ambulance he was in was shelled by Russian forces, media reported. The volunteer was on a mission for aid organization Global Response Medicine when he was killed.

"Yesterday, GRM founder Pete Reed was killed in Bakhmut, Ukraine. Pete was the bedrock of GRM, serving as Board President for 4 years. In January, Pete stepped away from GRM to work with Global Outreach Doctors on their Ukraine mission and was killed while rendering aid," an Instagram post by Global Response Medicine reads.

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Global Response Medicine is a veteran-founded nonprofit organization providing emergency medicine to populations displaced by war, conflict, or disaster around the world.

Pete Reed, a former decorated US Marine, was 33. He also was Ukraine Director of Global Outreach Doctors.

CNN reported that Reed’s wife, Alex Kay Potter, wrote on Instagram that Reed had died while protecting another person.

“He was evacuating civilians and responding to those wounded when his ambulance was shelled. He died doing what he was great at, what gave him life, and what he loved, and apparently by saving a team member with his own body,” Potter’s Instagram post said.

On Feb. 3, two Norwegian medical volunteers, Sander Sørsveen Trelvik and Simon Johnsen, were injured in a Russian shelling attack on Bakhmut.

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