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Funeral Honors, Medic Aids Widow at Funeral

Minnesota National Guard FORT SNELLING, Minn - While performing the requirements of his full-time position as Funeral Honor Guard, Army Sgt Ryan Kingsley employed the technical expertise of his traditional military occupation as a medic, before a funeral ceremony began at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on June 29, 2015

Kingsley began his military career in 2005 as a combat medic prior to transferring to the Minnesota National Guard in May After only a short time with his new unit in Minnesota, Kingsley was offered a position with the Funeral Honors Team

"It's a job I've been interested in it since I deployed to Iraq in 2008," said Kingsley "A few of the medics there did it, and I always wanted to be part of that team that recognized our fallen's sacrifice"

After only two weeks into the job, Kingsley's combat medic training was put to good use when the widow fell hard onto the pavement

"I immediately ran over to see if she was okay," said Kingsley "She was bleeding pretty badly, so I grabbed my aid bag from my car - I always carry it with me - and did what I could so she could finish the ceremony"

"Kingsley acted immediately and with no delay," said Robert Roeser, the supervisory management and program analyst at Fort Snelling National Cemetery "He saw a situation where he could and should lend assistance and he did His training kicked in and he acted as the leader he is"

"I'm glad she was able to sit through the ceremony," Kingsley said "It's a pretty significant event, and it means a lot to the families when they see their loved ones respected and honored in this way"

Kingsley is a member of the Funeral Honors Team which conducts more than 5,000 funerals in Minnesota each year, and some times as many as 16 each day

"Once 'Taps' plays, and the rifles fire their volleys, something changes," said Kingsley "The families and friends attending the funeral get a real sense of what their loved one's service meant"

Kingsley is in Minnesota pursuing his master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies, building off of his bachelor's degree in Pre-Med, and is currently a member of the Joint Force Headquarters Medical Detachment





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