A U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldier removed a grenade from a man’s leg in an ambulance outside of the University of Alabama Hospital here, Oct. 11.
Staff Sgt. David Mensink from the Fort Benning, Georgia-based 789th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company received a call from the Birmingham Police Department Bomb Squad around 1 a.m.
The police sought Mensink’s advice to determine what kind of explosive item was stuck in the man’s leg.
“From the initial X-ray, it looked like a 40mm grenade,” said Mensink, a 27-year-old Iraq and Afghanistan veteran from Seale, Alabama.
From the “I’m surprised it wasn’t Florida” files.
I didn’t know the Army had an EOD unit dedicated to support of civilian law enforcement, but it makes sense. There’s plenty of ordnance and duds laying around from the past couple hundred years. Having the experts on hand to help remove or neutralize it makes sense.
By the way, here’s the type of grenade in the article: