QUANTICO, Va. – Combat veteran and medic, Wounded Warrior and Master Resiliency Trainer Sgt. Adam Hartswick addressed Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion Army Reserve Careers Division May 1, 2014.
Sgt Hartswick was wounded in an IED attack on May 14th, 2013 while serving as a Combat Medic in Afghanistan. He lost his legs and sustained serious injuries to his right hand but continues to serve as a Master Resiliency and Combat Medic trainer, using his experience to mentor and inspire his fellow Soldiers.
While at his combat operating post in a remote part of Zhari district, a nearby patrol vehicle away hit a roadside bomb. Hartswick rolled out with a quick response team. At the scene, they searched for living wounded to treat. “We started clearing the area, and another IED went off,” Hartswick said. An explosive ordnance specialist, going to check a body for booby traps, triggered a device and died from the explosion. While attempting to rescue fellow Soldiers caught in IED explosions, Sgt. Hartswick triggered another device. Still conscious, he maintained presence of mind to provide instructions to his own rescuers. “I was able to instruct the lieutenant on how to treat me,” Hartswick said. “I told him to put the tourniquets high and tight on my legs.”
Hartswick’s heroism has proven inspirational to many. Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Rush Township, initiated House Bill 1753 to name a portion of state Route 45 from the intersection of state Route 26 to U.S. Route 322 in Boalsburg as the Hartswick Interchange. Master Sgt. John McFarland, overall winner of the 2014 United States Army Reserve Eastern Small Arms Competition, raffled donated firearms and raised money for Adam’s Brigade, Sgt. Hartswick’s charity.