Local family thanks 2nd ID Soldier for rendering aid
K-16 AIR BASE, South Korea — An injured South Korean scooter driver and his family visited K-16 Aug. 10 to meet and thank a U.S. Army Soldier for his actions after witnessing a vehicle accident in the area of Suseo-dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul.
Pfc. Clifford A. Rookstool, of Fayetteville, N.C., a UH-60 helicopter repairer with 2nd (Assault) Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, was riding his bicycle when he witnessed a vehicle accident involving a scooter and taxi on July 17 around 10 p.m.
After noticing a fuel leak coming from the scooter, Rookstool responded by quickly turning off the engines to both vehicles. He then directed the driver of the cab to call 119.
Rookstool began reassuring the injured driver of the scooter and checking for injuries while waiting for medical personnel to respond.
After noticing several injuries, Rookstool began providing comfort and keeping the driver of the scooter calm. Once medical personnel arrived Rookstool assisted them in loading the injured driver of the scooter into the ambulance and then provided his information to the responding police.
“Pfc. Rookstool is a great Soldier. You can always count on him to do the right thing,” said Sgt. Corey R. Smith, Rookstool’s platoon sergeant. “It is inspiration to see a Soldier put in effect the training and knowledge he has been given.”
For the next two weeks, Rookstool attempted to contact local hospitals to ascertain the condition of the scooter driver but was unsuccessful.
“I just wanted to meet him and see if he was Ok,” said Rookstool.
The meeting was held on K-16 and included the exchanging of gifts. The mother presented Rookstool with a sea shell pencil case on behalf of their family. Rookstool’s battalion commander and company commander presented the family with coins. Rookstool presented the family with a piece of the wrecked scooter and a Saint Christopher prayer coin.