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RAF dog handler reunited with Chinook crew that saved his life

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RAF dog handler reunited with Chinook crew that saved his life

Mick McConnell met the team a decade on from losing his leg.

A former RAF dog handler who lost his leg after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) has been reunited with the Chinook crew who saved his life.

Mick McConnell, 47, was patrolling a farmer’s field in Afghanistan in 2011 with his dog Memphis when he set off an IED.

He was rescued by a Chinook helicopter and spent years in recovery for a shattered left foot.

Despite the rehabilitation efforts, Mr McConnell, from Elgin, later had his foot amputated.

On the 10th anniversary of the explosion, he went back to RAF Odiham in Hampshire to meet the Chinook crew who rescued him, flying him to safety and emergency medical treatment.

He said: “It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, just say thank you. I was a bundle of nerves in the run up to meeting the crews.

“I wanted to say something so small, but it meant so much to me, to be able to say thank you for what they did for me.

“It was an honour to meet them in person, they have been constantly on my mind since that day. I think about what they did for me, putting their lives at risk.”

Published: by Radio NewsHub

Written by: Holiday Radio News Team

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