American volunteer Reed died in Bakhmut

Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Updated: February 04 2023 at 12:12 pm

An American volunteer, Pete Reed, who was helping civilians, was killed in Bakhmut, Donetsk region. This was reported on February 3 by his humanitarian aid group Global Response Medicine.

Reed, a 33-year-old former Marine, had been president of the GRM board of directors for four years. In January, he stepped away from GRM to work with Global Outreach Doctors, a group that provides emergency first aid to Ukrainians.

Reed died in Bakhmut
Yesterday, GRM founder Pete Reed was killed in Bakhmut, Ukraine. Pete was the bedrock of GRM, serving as Board President for 4 years. In January, Pete stepped away from GRM to work with Global Outreach Doctors on their Ukraine mission and was killed while rendering aid. This is a stark reminder of the perils rescue and aid workers face in conflict zones as they serve citizens caught in the crossfire. Pete was just 33 years old, but lived a life in service of others, first as a decorated US Marine and then in humanitarian aid. GRM will strive to honor his legacy and the selfless service he practiced. We fully support Pete’s family, friends, and colleagues during this devastating time. More information on how to support will be shared at a later time.

Reed was killed in Bakhmut on Feb. 2 while providing care.

Global Outreach Doctors specifies that Reed was also involved in the evacuation of Ukrainian civilians. He died as a result of a missile hitting his evacuation vehicle.

Reed published his last Instagram post on Jan. 20. In it, he talked about his transition to Global Outreach Doctor and his robot work in Ukraine.

Reed was listed as regional director for Ukraine on the Global Outreach Doctors website.

"It's a vivid reminder of the dangers faced by rescuers and aid workers in conflict zones as they serve citizens caught in the crossfire. Pete was only 33 years old, but he lived his life serving others - first as a decorated U.S. Marine and then in humanitarian relief. GRM will strive to honor his legacy and the selfless service he practiced," the statement said.

A U.S. State Department spokesman confirmed the "recent death of a U.S. citizen in Ukraine" when asked for comment.

"We are in contact with the family and are providing all possible consular assistance. Out of respect for the family's privacy at this difficult time, we have nothing more to add," the State Department spokesman said.

Reed's wife, Alex Kay Potter, wrote on Instagram that her husband not only lived a life of duty, but also died saving the life of another crew member.

"He was evacuating civilians and treating the wounded when his ambulance was fired upon. He died doing what he was good at, what gave him life and what he loved, and apparently saving a team member with his body," the report said. said.

Reed led medical teams during the battle for Mosul in Iraq, treating more than 10,000 trauma patients.

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