Sunderland solider to get the Queen’s Award for bravery

Sergeant Sean McGlynn, of Sunderland, who is to be Mentioned in Despatches for saving a comrade in a Taliban firefight in Afghanistan

Sergeant Sean McGlynn, of Sunderland, who is to be Mentioned in Despatches for saving a comrade in a Taliban firefight in Afghanistan

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HEROIC serviceman Shaun McGlynn is to be honoured for saving the life of a comrade during a Taliban firefight.

The dad-of-one, from Downhill, provided fire cover so that medics could reach his gunned-down colleague who lay injured in the village of Shah Gey, in Afghanistan.

The 31-year-old sergeant, of Third Battalion The Parachute Regiment, will now receive a Mention in Despatches for his extreme bravery.

Sgt McGlynn, who has done three tours of Afghanistan, said: “It’s a huge honour and I’m incredibly proud.

“My memories of the incident are just that I wanted to get out there and make sure that my bloke was OK.”

The incident happened when his regiment, which was providing security in the Afghan village, had come under enemy attack.

Sgt McGlynn tasked a soldier to move the stricken colleague, but the threat of incoming fire meant he was unable to do so.

Realising that the soldier’s life was in serious danger, Sgt McGlynn moved in with a medic to rescue him.

As Taliban fighters approached, he provided covering fire with an Afghan national police officer, while the rest of his section organised a stretcher. Sgt McGlynn and the police officer then fired and moved behind the stretcher party, getting the casualty to safety.

Sgt McGlynn said: “The training took over and I acted automatically without thinking about the dangers, but I knew I had the whole section behind me.

“We’d been in difficult situations before and everyone knew what they had to do.”

The soldier is married to Lisa, and the couple have a four-month-old son Harrison, who was born just three weeks after his dad returned from duty.

He added: “This was a very busy tour, but I’ve really seen the difference we’ve made over the years.

“When we left we had improved the security situation, the Afghan army and police had stepped up and life was much better for local people.”