Rep Brad Wenstrup, Army Lt Col, Doctor – “He Knew Just what to do.”

By Faye Higbee

Representative Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) is an Army Reserve Lt. Colonel, and Medical Doctor who served in Iraq. This morning, all of his wartime medical skills came into play as he and Rep Jeff Flake (R-AZ) raced toward their fallen colleague, Rep Steve Scalise who had been shot.

Brad Wenstrup

“I felt like I was back in Iraq but without my weapons. Scalise was as brave as he possibly could be. He said he was thirsty. We made sure we got as much fluid — Gatorade and water — the quicker to an IV the better…If Scalise was not there, he’s the one with the security detail, we wouldn’t have had any protection, and God knows how bad that might have been.” Brad Wenstrup on Fox and Friends

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported:

“I did what I did in Iraq,” Wenstrup told ABC News. “You assess their wounds, and you cut down their clothes and look for the wound and make sure that you stop the bleeding.”

He made sure Scalise was conscious by asking him where he was and asking him to count. Scalise was in pain and “was losing a lot of blood,” Wenstrup said.

Medics arrived, and they bandaged Scalise. Wenstrup said they gave him Gatorade and water to replenish his fluids.

“I’m glad I was there,” Wenstrup told Fox News, “but it’s a sad day in America.”

As soon as Capitol Police put the shooter down, Wenstrup and Jeff Flake ran to the aid of their fallen friend. According to  colleagues, Wenstrup knew “just what to do.” Flake applied pressure for about 10-15 minutes until EMTs arrived.

The Capitol officers, Krystal Griner, and David Bailey, who were shot this morning, immediately returned fire in spite of their wounds. About 25 GOP Representatives had been practicing for a Charity Baseball game set for June 15. Congressional staffer, Zach Barth, Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods were also wounded.

Rep Brad Wenstrup, 58,  represents Ohio, and is from Cincinnati. He joined the military in 1998. Called to active duty in 2005, Wenstrup served as Chief Surgeon at Abu Ghraib’s prison hospital.

“I made it home while others didn’t. It gave me a greater appreciation of life and of freedom.”  Brad Wenstrup in 2012


Featured photo, Lt Col Brad Wenstrup