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American volunteer aid worker killed in Bakhmut while helping Ukrainian civilians



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An American volunteer help employee, Pete Reed, was killed within the jap Ukrainian metropolis of Bakhmut on Thursday whereas aiding civilians, in keeping with an announcement from World Response Drugs, the humanitarian help group he based.

Reed, a US Marine veteran, was listed as “killed whereas rendering help” on a mission with one other group, GRM stated in an announcement posted on social media.

“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 World Outreach Medical doctors on their Ukraine mission and was killed whereas rendering help,” in keeping with a publish shared on Instagram.

“This can be a stark reminder of the perils rescue and help employees face in battle zones as they serve residents caught within the crossfire. Pete was simply 33 years previous, however lived a life in service of others, first as a embellished US Marine after which in humanitarian help. GRM will attempt to honor his legacy and the selfless service he practiced,” the assertion stated.

Reed was additionally listed because the Ukraine nation director on the World Outreach Medical doctors’ web site.

A US State Division spokesperson confirmed “the current loss of life of a US citizen in Ukraine” when requested for remark.

“We’re in contact with the household and offering all attainable consular help,” the State Division spokesperson stated. “Out of respect for the privateness of the household throughout this troublesome time, we have now nothing additional so as to add.”

Black smoke rises after shelling in Bakhmut amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  February 3, 2023.

Reed’s spouse, Alex Kay Potter, wrote on Instagram that her husband not solely lived for his obligation however apparently died saving one other staff member’s life.

“He was evacuating civilians and responding to these wounded when his ambulance was shelled. He died doing what he was nice at, what gave him life, and what he cherished, and apparently by saving a staff member along with his personal physique,” the publish stated.

Reed began his humanitarian profession working after Superstorm Sandy hit his dwelling state of New Jersey, in keeping with the biography pages on the World Response Drugs and World Outreach Medical doctors web sites.

Reed led medical groups throughout the Battle for Mosul in Iraq, treating over 10,000 trauma sufferers, in keeping with the web sites.