Brandon Mitchell - Canadian who saves lives together with the Hospitallers
Brandon Mitchell is a Canadian who could not stay away from the events in Ukraine. As a member of the Hospitaller crew, he has been evacuating people and the wounded since the beginning of the war.
Brandon was born in a small Canadian town near the Atlantic Ocean. His mother died when he was very young, and after her death he was left alone.
At the age of 17, he joined the army, and served first in Canada and then in the UK. After 4 years of service, he did not return home, but moved to Scandinavia, to Sweden. Brandon was having a quiet family life with his girlfriend and a dog they adopted from a shelter.
When a full-scale war began in Ukraine, Brandon could not stand aside. He decided that this was his war too: “I couldn't think of anything but Ukraine. We all know that Russia is bad, and your whole country opposes this evil in the first days so strongly that I realized that I should be with the Ukrainians. A few days later I was in Lviv.”
At first, Brandon was a volunteer who delivered humanitarian aid from Lviv to Kharkiv, and eventually joined the Hospitallers and began to carry out evacuations of people with other paramedics.
With his crew, Brandon evacuates people from villages near Bakhmut and Soledar, from the most dangerous and the hottest spots of the war zone. From places where only the military and very brave people, ready to risk their lives for others, can get. “Once I evacuated people and drove at night near Soledar, with the headlights off and in complete darkness. Because this way the enemy does not see you and you can drive safely. There were many civilians and a child in the car. And at some point the child began to cry, and I got really scared. I was worried not about myself, but about the life of this child.”
Brandon says that Ukraine has become his second home. He is sincerely grateful to everyone who helps and supports the Hospitallers and believes that Ukrainian victory is inevitable. And he will continue to be a part of evacuations, risking his life to save the lives of people, who have become part of his heart.
And we must not stop and support the Hospitallers. With our help, they can continue to work, travel to dangerous spots in the war zone and help people who really need it. Together we are strong! #Hospitallers #Paramedics #UkraineParamedics #HospitallersUkraine #HospitallersUK #HelpHospitallers #Ukraine #SupportUkraine #HelpUkraine #StandWithUkraine #HelpUkraineNow