Today, the troops he saved with his courageous actions paid their respects.
Leaders of 3rd HBCT, the Iraqi National Police and Jisr Diyala leaders met with the father to acknowledge his sacrifice and thank him for his son’s actions.
Both Barth and Kane were present at the ceremony to offer support to their friend and to provide security.
The father was given a plaque and a ceremonial pair of spurs from Lt. Col. John Kolasheski, of Louden, Tenn., commander of 3-1 Cav. Regt.
“You cannot put a price on a life, but we would like to give you a few tokens of appreciation for your sacrifice,” Kolasheski said. “This is a tragic event we are recognizing, but it represents an outstanding change in this area.”
Barth admits it has been difficult talking with the family because of the pain they are experiencing. He has thanked the family for their sacrifice.
“They will always be friends,” Barth said. “This tragedy has strengthened that.”
Berner has relied on the experience of members of his platoon to help him with the incident.
“I’ve talked with Sgt. Kane about it,” he said. “He helped me put in perspective. Being younger, I don’t have the life experience to really understand it. He has been a big help. It's just one of things that I will never forget.”