Fox News gave more details on how correspondent Benjamin Hall, seriously injured in Ukraine, was evacuated from the region, across the border into Poland and eventually to a hospital in Germany.
Last week, cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski and Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshynova, who worked as freelance consultants for the network, were killed when their vehicle was hit by incoming fire near Kiev. Hall was with them when they reported on the Russian invasion, and he is recovering at Landstuhl Medical Center.
In a segment on Monday, anchor Dana Perino credited Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and the Polish and Ukrainian Armed Forces for their assistance, as well as the Save Our Allies group. It was established last year in response to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan during the US withdrawal, as a way to quickly mobilize to rescue Americans and other allies behind the border.
In Hall’s case, Fox News turned to the group for help getting Hall out of the country, said Sarah Verardo, one of the group’s co-founders.
She told Perino that “we couldn’t act fast enough to ensure that Ben, not only his extraction, but he was stabilized through field medicine by our team also led by trauma surgeons experienced in military battlefield trauma, as well as our team of veterans of special operations and veterans of the intelligence community.”
She said their team was led by a veteran of special operations and intelligence, whom she named Seaspay.
“And so they moved heaven and earth to get Ben out of an active, hostile combat zone not only quickly, but also safely because of the serious condition he was in and his injuries,” she said. No further details were provided, but a Fox News spokesperson said the group played a key role in getting Hall from Ukraine to the Polish border. Fox News reported on Wednesday that Hall was out of the country and “alert and in good spirits”.
In the interview, Verardo also mentioned a long-standing relationship with the network, as she is also the CEO of the Independence Fund, which assists seriously injured veterans.
Save Our Allies was founded along with other special operations veterans Chad Robichaux, Nick Palmisciano and Tim Kennedy, the mixed martial arts fighter and TV host. Verardo said they are also targeting aid in Ukraine, including efforts to get people out and provide mobile medical services.
Fox News host Trace Gallagher said such aid is “vital” given that no US troops are involved in the war and reporters are not embedded in the military.
Jennifer Griffin, national security correspondent for the network, wrote on Twitter: “We would also like to thank Benjamin Hall’s team of extraordinary US military doctors and surgeons at Landstuhl Hospital in Germany. No better team in the world. So grateful for the care and assistance provided by the US military to Benjamin at the request of Secretary of Defense Austin.”