A HERO Sheffield medic who ran into a minefield to save three members of the Afghan National Army after an IED blast is to be recognised by the Army for his bravery.
Fearless Private Tim Farrow was on tour in Helmand in Afghanistan when a member of the Brigade Advisory Group he was with triggered a landmine. The man died instantly, and three others sustained serious injuries.
Despite the immediate threat of fire from Taliban soldiers 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, as bullets started to fly around him, he kept all three men alive by giving battlefield-advanced life support until a helicopter arrived to fly them clear.
Pte Farrow, from Hillsborough, will be awarded the Joint Commander’s Commendation for bravery next month.
He told The Star: “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.”
After quickly assessing two of the soldiers, who were covered with shrapnel, Pte Farrow 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,” he said.
Pte Farrow’s wife, Sandie, was also working in Afghanistan at the time in the hospital at Camp Bastion - and he later found out through her that all three men had survived last June.
He said working in the Army was all he had ever wanted to do since he was a pupil at Myers Grove School, where his brothers Jonathan, 22, and Andrew, 20, also studied.
“I never thought I would be put in that situation,” he said. “I had a sense afterwards that I had done quite well.
“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, and plans to carry out private security work in other hostile nations overseas, or retrain as a paramedic.
“This experience has confirmed to me that this is something I can do and I like doing,” he said.
His mum Alison said both she and Tim’s father Keith were ‘unspeakably proud’.
“I could burst with pride,” she said.
“I’m grateful that he’s home in one piece. We’re lucky to have him here.”