Washington-Lee Graduate and Army Captain Saves Comrade from Burning Vehicle in Fatal Afghanistan Explosion

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Captain Brian Jacobs pulled a fellow soldier from a vehicle that was on fire after the vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) earlier this month. The explosion killed two American soldiers and wounded four others.

Staff Sargent Sarah Zimmerman was trapped in the vehicle as flames and smoke began to engulf wreckage.

From the article:

According to the 82nd Airborne Division, Staff Sgt. Adam Scarborough and Capt. Brian Jacobs climbed into the burning vehicle through the gunner’s hatch to free Zimmerman. Staff Sgt. Christopher Brown and Magsig then helped pull her to safety.

Zimmerman is now back at Fort Bragg recovering from her injuries. The explosion shattered her left leg and tore “pretty much every ligament” in her left knee. Doctors have told her that her recovery time is going to be between a year and a year-and-a-half at which point she will probably only get back to about 75% of where she was at before.

Captain Brian Jacobs grew up in the Lyon Park neighborhood and graduated from Washington-Lee High School in 2009. He would later go on to graduate from West Point – The US Military Academy.

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