Medic saved three lives after Afghan bomb blast

Hero soldier Tim Farrow and his wife.
Hero soldier Tim Farrow and his wife.

A SHEFFIELD medic who ran into a minefield to save three members of the Afghan National Army after a landmine blast is to be honoured for his bravery.

Private Tim Farrow, from Hillsborough, was on tour in Helmand when a landmine was triggered. The man died instantly, and three others sustained serious injuries.

Despite the threat of fire from the Taliban, Pte Farrow, aged 24, ran into the minefield and dragged the survivors - one of whom had lost both legs and an arm - out of an irrigation trench to safety. Then he gave all three men battlefield-advanced life support until a helicopter arrived.

The former Myers Grove student, who was with the Royal Anglians, will next month be awarded the Army’s Joint Commander’s Commendation for bravery.

He said: “As soon as the IED went off and I hit the ground, my main concern was just to get to them. I knew if I could get to them within 30 seconds and stop the bleeding there was a chance I could save their lives.”

He used a handheld drill to inject fluid directly into the sternum of the Afghan officer who had lost his legs. “It is something that’s hard enough to do when you’re at the Northern General Hospital, let alone when you’re in the mud on a battlefield with a guy who has just had his legs blown off!”

Pte Farrow’s wife, Sandie, was also working in Afghanistan, in the hospital at Camp Bastion, at the time. He found out through her that all three men had survived.

He added: “My role out there was purely to support the troops on patrol and to make sure the guys got back to their families. You can’t save everyone unfortunately, but the work we did saved hundreds of lives.”

He will leave the Army later in the year, to carry out private security work overseas, or to retrain as a paramedic.

His mum Alison said both she and Pte Farrow’s father, Keith, were “unspeakably proud. I’m grateful that he’s home in one piece.”