When U.S. Army Captain Michael Torok helped save the life an Iraqi boy who was badly burned in a cooking accident, he never dreamed that the boy would end up at the Shriner’s Burns Institute in Cincinnati – or show up in his Bethel home at his June 28 welcome home party.
“That was phenomenal,” Torok said at his recognition ceremony held at the Clermont County Commissioner’s meeting July 15. “This very special boy should not even be alive, but he was very lucky.”
Torok, 43, who returned home to Clermont County after a year-long tour of duty in Iraq last month, is an intensive care nurse stationed with the 325th combat hospital in Al Asad and Balad, Iraq.
“We did a lot more than taking care of wounded Americans,” Torok said. “Ninety-five percent of our ICU patients were Iraqi civilians, like the little boy who is recuperating in Cincinnati right now.”