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HEARTBREAKING: “I cover fire niyo ako!” These two soldiers including a commander sacrifice their lives to save their wounded comrade in Marawi City

Another heartbreaking, but inspiring story of two soldiers who sacrificed their lives in Marawi City went viral on the internet.

The story of Captain Rommel “Daredevil” Sandoval who’s the commander of 11th Scout Ranger Company and Private First Class Sherwin Canapi on how they sacrificed their own lives just to save their wounded comrade during the battle in Marawi touched many Netizens on Facebook.

Facebook fan page Scout Ranger Books, first published the story of Capt Sandoval and Pfc Canapi on social media, telling their followers how these two scout rangers saved their comrade, Corporal Jayson Mante who’s wounded after he got hit by five bullets and grenade explosion came from the Maute Terrorist Group.

Capt. Rommel “Daredevil” Sandoval is the commander of the 11th Scout Ranger Company in Marawi City, but despite of his rank, he was the one who bravely sacrificed his life to prevent another casualty from his men. He was the first casualty from his company.
Photo: Scout Ranger Books.

The battle happened on September 10, 2017, the group of Captain Sandoval who’s already on the second floor of the building that they raided planned to save their wounded comrade who got left on the first floor of the building.

Sandoval, who’s the commander of their company, decided to save his comrade together with only one companion and he only asked his remaining men to cover them with fire.

“I cover fire niyo ako!” Capt. Sandoval said before he started his mission together with Pfc Canapi.

They successfully reached the location of Corporal Mante and they confirmed that he’s still alive, however several Maute terrorists saw their location and started to wait for the right timing to finish the brave soldiers.The brave soldiers tried to fought back to the terrorists, but unfortunately, Capt. Sandoval was got hit by a bullet in his cheek that resulted in his death while Pfc Canapi also got fatally wounded and killed during the mission.

“Naabutan pa niya ang tao niya (Corporal Mante) at nakunan ng pulso. Kaso inabangan siya ng maraming ISIS at binaril una sa tagiliran. Kahit da dalawa lang sila, naka fire back pa sa mga bumabaril sa kanila. Kaso fatal ang sunod na tama ni Captain Sandoval sa pisngi.” Scout Ranger Books said in their Facebook post.

Even the two brave soldiers died in battle, they successfully save the life of Corporal Mante who’s now being threatened in a hospital.

The company mates of Corporal Mante, asked for prayers as the wounded soldier still got a bullet stuck on his spinal column.

Scout Ranger Books said that the story of Captain Sandoval is quite similar to the famous war movie “Saving Private Ryan” who’s the leading character died while being rescuing a private.

Yesterday, President Rodrigo Duterte visited the wake of Capt. Sandoval and Pfc. Canapi to honor them personally.

The families left by the two soldiers received a financial assistance and medal from President Duterte.

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