AN ARMY officer who risked his life to save an injured Afghan soldier will receive a top military award.
Stamford-born Capt Sean Scott, 38, of the Royal Logistics Corps, has been awarded the Military Cross for his selfless actions.
He put himself in the line of fire with no regard for his own safety to help a critically-wounded Afghan soldier in the middle of an ambush.
Capt Scott was on foot patrol with the Afghan army in an advisory capacity, when the group came under intense fire from four close-range firing points.
Two Afghan soldiers were seriously injured in the opening bursts, with one unable to move from his exposed position in the open ground.
With no thought for himself, Capt Scott crawled forward while under fire from insurgents to reach the soldier, giving lifesaving first aid.
With bullets flying around them, Capt Scott then led the safe evacuation of the injured man to medical care in what his citation calls: “leadership and courage of the most extraordinary kind”.
Capt Scott said: “At the time it was just a case of: ‘We need to get to him’, it wasn’t an option of could we get to him. Leaving him there was never an option.
“Somebody else is dependent on you as to whether they get out of there alive or dead.
“You do think of your own safety and the safety of your team, but you just try and make the best judgement.
“You don’t worry about yourself, you worry about what you can do for the people out there who are injured and need rescue.”
Capt Scott, whose parents Alan and Margarett still live in St Martin’s, Stamford, is adamant that the award is for the combined efforts of the team.
He added: “I’m shocked, but honoured to be receiving the medal, but I’m honoured for the team because it is for them.
“It isn’t an individual thing in my mind. Without everybody’s actions on that day we wouldn’t have pulled it off.
“This is sort of closure for the team. It was a nice way to end a six/seven month tour.”
Capt Scott’s award was officially announced today with the release of the latest operational honours and awards list, which includes 136 personnel.
His is one of 14 Military Crosses on the March list.