Fox News Cameraman Hailed as Hero

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A Fox News cameraman is being hailed a hero after saving the life of an injured Marine in Afghanistan, after being injured himself in a roadside bomb attack, Monday.

FOX News' Ollie North reported that his cameraman Chris Jackson and two Marines were injured when an improvised explosive devise went off near their convoy in the Helmand Province.

CBN News' reporter Chuck Holton was on base about two miles away at the time of the blast and heard about it seconds later over the radio.

"At that point, we didn't know who had been wounded, and I prayed as we hurried to the blast site that Oliver North and Chris were okay," Holton wrote in his CBN News blog "Boots on the Ground."

Holton arrived on the scene shortly after the blast.

"When we arrived, my heart sank as I saw the wreckage - completely engulfed by fire - there looked to be no way anyone could have survived the blast," he said.

"The first vehicle in the convoy was completely destroyed, and by some miracle of God all five occupants got out alive," Holton said.

Jackson injured his leg in the attack, but, "walked back into the flames and rescued one of the wounded Marines," North told Fox News.

"He's a hero," he said. "It was a remarkable scene, one that I've seen altogether far too many times," he added.

The two Marines were critically injured, including one who lost a leg. Jackson was right behind that Marine in the back of the Humvee, Holton reports. The blast threw him partially out of the vehicle.

"Though dazed and disoriented, and with ammunition already beginning to cook off in the vehicle, Chris helped pull the wounded Marine to safety," Holton said.

Holton reports that he had earlier lent Jackson his lighter body armor because the FOX News supplied armor was heavier and Jackson was concerned about suffering from heat exhaustion wearing it into the field.

"I'm doubly glad he escaped with only scrapes and bruises because if he'd been injured because he was wearing my lighter armor, I'd have felt pretty bad about it," Holton said.

"Please pray for the families of the two marines who were wounded yesterday,"

Sources: CBN News, Fox News

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