Monday morning it was tragically reported a United States Marine was killed helping accident victims on a California highway. Officials have now identified the hero and released the details to the public.
Lance Corporal Alberto Lucio is the Marine in question, sadly passing away at only 20 years of age. Lucio hailed from Tennessee and earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal during his years of service.
A passing truck hit Lucio on the side of Interstate 5, in Oceanside, the New York Post reported. Lucio had pulled over around 3:20 a.m. to help a couple whose SUV stalled. The stall resulted from a single-vehicle accident which also left the car’s lights inoperable. While Lucio was aiding the couple, an “international box truck” sped into both him and the SUV.
Colonel John Black, commanding officer of the Security and Emergency Services Battalion, issued a statement about the young Marine’s sacrifice. “Lance Cpl. Lucio performed a noble and selfless act by stopping on Interstate 5 to provide critical aid to a person in need,” he began the statement.
Additionally, Black commended the Marine’s bravery and commended personifying what Marines are all about. “Lance Cpl. Lucio gave his life in the service of others. His actions epitomized servant leadership and personified the very best in our emergency services personnel. Please honor Lance Cpl. Lucio’s memory through your actions, words and deeds.”
As it turns out, the man driving the SUV had warrants out for his arrest. After medical professionals treat the man and his passenger, local authorities will take him into custody.
Marine Veteran Dedicates Holiday Season to Serving Military Members After Himself Being Wounded on Thanksgiving
Our military service members often embody the best we have to offer, much like Alberto Lucio. In another instance, a Marine wounded on Thanksgiving over a decade ago is dedicating the holiday to military people.
Marine Sergeant Gabriel Martinez served overseas and was injured after stepping on an improvised explosive device. What makes the incident even sadder is the fact it was Thanksgiving day in 2010. Losing both legs and undergoing major surgery, his streak of giving didn’t stop there. Now, he’s teaming up with Semper Fi & America’s Fund to give back this holiday season.
Talking to Fox News, Martinez discloses how much the organization helped him when he needed it. “Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund has been part of my family now since the injury and I’m just one of the millions of veterans that they’ve been helping in mind, body, and spirit.”
Moreso than just helping Marines financially, the organization provides much-needed moral support. “It is a big deal to help American veterans such as myself. Like I said, in mind, body, spirit. It’s more than just a fund, they really are family.”