Tue, 02/07/2023 – 15:19
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) today released the following statement in memoriam of Pete Reed, a CCRI alum and former U.S. Marine who was killed in Ukraine while on a humanitarian mission in Bakhmut, a besieged city in the Donetsk region.
“This week, we mourn the loss of Pete Reed, a CCRI alum who was killed while on a humanitarian mission delivering aid to evacuees in the Donetsk region in Ukraine.
“A former U.S. Marine Corps rifleman, Pete dedicated his life to the service of others. He was deployed twice to Helmand, Afghanistan, joined Team Rubicon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and helped to train medical teams in both Haiti and Iraq.
“While rendering aid during the Battle of Mosul in Iraq, Pete and fellow veteran Derek Coleman decided to form Global Response Medicine (GRM), an NGO dedicated to ‘[serving] the world’s most vulnerable people in the midst of conflict, war, or disaster.’
“This work brought him to Global Outreach Doctors, which he joined this past January to lead the organization’s efforts in Ukraine.
“A remarkable man, Pete Reed was not only a veteran and humanitarian, but also a mentor to CCRI students and veterans. It is impossible to know how many lives he touched.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Pete’s entire family and all those who loved him and called him a friend.”