Fort Bliss retracts soldier’s life-saving story ‘due to factual inaccuracies’

El Paso News

Less than two weeks after publishing an article applauding the supposed heroic efforts of a local soldier, Fort Bliss is retracting the story “due to factual inaccuracies”.

As KTSM previously shared, the original story reported that Sgt. Trey Troney, 20, saved the life of Jeff Udger following an accident near Sweetwater, Texas last month.

According to the article, Troney reportedly used a New Orleans Saints hoodie and ballpoint pen to help the man.

The story received national attention and was featured in the Army Times.

Fort Bliss officials did not specify which components of the story were reportedly inaccurate. 

The Texas Department of Public Safety told KTSM that, based on evidence including body camera footage, the department could not confirm many of Troney’s statements.

Texas DPS did confirm that troopers responded to a crash on Dec. 22 in Nolan County and that Sgt. Troney stopped to help.

However, investigators were unable to find evidence supporting the claims of his life-saving efforts.

The department released the following statement on Thursday:

Based on the evidence reviewed by DPS (including body camera footage), the department is unable to confirm the multiple statements attributed to Army Sergeant Trey Troney related to a recent traffic crash in Texas as reported in various open sources.

However, the department can confirm that DPS Troopers responded to and investigated a crash on Dec. 22, 2018, in Nolan County. While DPS Troopers were on scene investigating that crash, contact was made with Sergeant Troney who had stopped to assist.  

DPS has found no evidence to support the claims of life-saving efforts made by Sergeant Troney and referenced in the articles. Troopers have completed their investigation of the crash and have not had any further contact with Sergeant Troney since the scene of the crash.

The 1st Armored Division Public Affairs Office also released a statement:

Due to factual inaccuracies, we retract “Iron Soldier saves man’s life with hoodie, ink pen” story, published Jan 9. The entire 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss team sincerely apologize to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Highway Patrol, the city of Sweetwater, Texas, the city of El Paso, the University of Texas at El Paso, the New Orleans Saints, the local and national media and the American people.” 

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