A Californian US Marine who heroically saved the life of an Okinawan civilian is currently fighting to stay alive after being struck by a vehicle.
Marine Master Sergeant Hector Trujillo -who has served in the Corps for two decades- was hit by a car in Japan after attempting to save the life of a local national.
The married father of three reportedly came upon a vehicle accident on an expressway in Okinawa and managed to push a local out of the way before a car hit him, causing great damage to his spine and skull.
Trujillo’s best friend, Jason Teixeira, said Trujillo is a man of selflessness- and that’s exactly why he ended up in this situation.
“We just want him to pull through,” he said.
Trujillo was placed in a medically induced coma and is currently struggling to stay alive in a San Diego Naval hospital, having been flown there from Japan over the weekend.
On Facebook, his wife -Maria Trujillo- wrote, “His selflessness and quick reaction showed his true heroism. My heart is aching so, so much. Please, if you all can continue to pray for my sweetheart.”
For his wife, she too knew that her husband could never leave a person stranded at the scene of an accident.
“On Friday, he got up, got ready to go PT with his Marines,” she wrote. “As he was driving the expressway at around 5:00 am he witness[ed] an accident.”
“He could have been oblivious to it and continue on his way to work,” she added. “NO! he, of course, didn’t do that..he followed his heart and he pulled over to assist and help.”
According to CBS8, Trujillo’s eldest son serves in the United States Air Force.
Despite efforts on behalf of USMCLIFE, Mrs. Trujillo could not be reached for comment.
While Trujillo is an active serviceman and will be covered in terms of medical costs, a crowdfunding campaign has been set up to help the family with travel, lodging, and other expenses.
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