September 29, 2010
By LAUREN DONOVAN
Brock Savelkoul in a family photo with
his sister, Angie Savelkoul Heinze.
WATFORD CITY — A nightmare video of bombs, dead bodies and screams in blinding sunlight won’t stop playing in Brock Savelkoul’s mind.
He takes his guns and his Purple Heart and drives down North Dakota highways like a crazy man — at that moment he is a crazy man — until he runs out of gas hundreds of miles away. Police cars surround him.
He grabs his gun and yells into the strobe of flashing lights and the dusky light at the end of day, “Kill me! I want to go out in a blaze of glory!”
He fires, once into the ground, once into his pickup. “I want to die!” he screams.
He has never been so lost. Or so far from home.
He’s a hero, a decorated U.S. Army Field Artillery Infantryman with three tours of duty in Iraq, only 28 years old, never in serious trouble his whole life.
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