Friday, August 04, 2006

They also serve 

CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier, critically injured by an IED while covering operations in Baghdad some weeks ago, is home from the hospital.

CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier has left a Maryland rehabilitation facility, two months after she was critically wounded in a Baghdad car bombing that killed two of her colleagues.

Dozier has made a remarkable recovery since the May 29 attack on the military convoy with which the CBS News crew had been traveling on a Memorial Day story. Both cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan, along with U.S. Army Capt. James Funkhouser Jr. and an Iraqi officer, were killed in the blast. Dozier is now walking assisted by crutches and a cane, and will continue outpatient rehab.

In a statement released Thursday by CBS News, a day after her release, Dozier thanked the military for saving her life.

"I owe my life to the quick actions of the 4th Infantry Division's Sgt. Mootoosamy, who took charge of the scene, with his commander down and many of his men injured, and medic Spc. Flores, who patched me up," Dozier wrote.

RIP CPT Funkhauser, Paul Douglas, and James Brolan, and prayers for their families, along with the family of the Iraqi officer who was killed. (I would have loved to have had his name.)

Yes, I make a hobby out of bashing reporters. But thank God for the ones who show up and get out into the field and their crews. In their own way, these people also gave the last full measure of devotion.

If you believe, as I do, that the press plays a vital role in a democratic republic, then these men, too, and Kimberly Dozier, shed their blood in the service of this country.

Splash, out


I do respect their sacrifice. After reading about the green zone's pool-sitting slacker reporters, relying on crooked stringers & conjecture for stories, I'm impressed with reporters who actually go out with the troops. Ms. Dozier and her colleagues were doing their job, and are worthy of the claims of public service that many of the unworthy people in their profession make about the profession.
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