Soldier serves proudly

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Jason Brock is a long way from home and his buddies at the Selma Fire Department.

But this week, he sent The Selma Times-Journal several photographs of his surroundings near FOB Loyalty in eastern Baghdad in Iraq.

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Brock, who worked out of Station 3 at 1500 Broad Street, B-shift, works for the Department of Defense as a civilian firefighter. He&8217;ll be stationed there for a year.

Route Pluto cuts through Baghdad neighborhoods of New Baghdad and Karradah, going northwest into the center of the capital city. Those who have been there, say Route Pluto is divided by a canal and scrapple land on either side.

One of the photographs taken by Brock showed the results of a hellfire rocket from an Apache helicopter on an insurgent house.

As part of his job, Brock is required to stay within the confines of the base. He has broken those rules.

Brock is no stranger to danger. In December, he and another Selma firefighter braved a structure fire and rescued a man who could not walk. Capt. Aeneas Pettway was in charge that evening and remembered the event.

Brock is expected to return to Selma in less than a year.