My moment with a hero
Sergeant First Class Leroy Arthur Petry meets CNN Senior Photojournalist Jay McMichael outside the White House Tuesday after receiving the Medal of Honor.
July 12th, 2011
06:38 PM ET

My moment with a hero

Washington (CNN)–On my way out to the northwest gate of the White House, on my way to lunch, I ran into Medal of Honor recipient, Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry.

We had just shot the Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

We heard the story of his incredible bravery, how after being shot in both legs he continued to engage the enemy, throwing grenades and firing his weapon.

Then when an enemy grenade dropped within close proximity of he and his colleagues, Petry, with both legs wounded, went towards the grenade, threw it away from his colleagues and lost his right hand as the grenade detonated in the air after leaving his fingers.

“Amazing,” I said, "it’s an honor to meet a MOH recipient" as I was shaking his left hand.

Then he said "here, shake this one instead."  With that he extended his right prosthetic hand and wrapped his robotic  fingers around my hand. 

I said, "How do you do that?" He replied, "with my nerves and muscles" "wow, amazing" I said.  I could only imagine the nerves and muscles it took for him to do what he did at that moment in battle.

Then the hero was escorted away.


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  1. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Good story. Thank you for sharing it with us. Thank you for acknowledging and even reflecting on Sgt FirstClass Petrys' gallantry and bravery in his pursuit of protecting the AMERICAN people, 'national vital interests' and on behalf of her causes. I say to Sgt First Class Petry; thank you for your service SIR. May God Bless You!

    July 13, 2011 at 4:11 am |