The Russian Special Forces hero who called in an airstrike on himself after drawing ISIS fighters away from his teammates and becoming surrounded, has been identified.
26-year-old Alexander Prokhorenko was born in the small village of Gorodki in the Orenburg region of Russia. Sadly, he was married and expecting a child.
Natalya Meshkova, headteacher of Gorodetskoy Middle School, which Alexander attended said:
”Nobody knew exactly where Sasha (Alexander) was serving, they said it was somewhere in the special forces.
“He graduated our school with a silver medal, he was first in all competitions and the school won them thanks to him. He was one of those people who was never afraid, regardless of the situation. For everybody, he is a hero.
“We would like to name our school after him.”
— Дмитрий Смирнов (@dimsmirnov175) March 29, 2016
The Kremlin is also hailing this man a hero, dubbing him the “Russian Rambo”.
Some details from our previous coverage of the incident:
“An officer of Russian special operations forces was killed near Palmyra while carrying out a special task to direct Russian airstrikes at Islamic State group targets,” the unnamed representative said, without giving the date of the incident.
“The officer was carrying out a combat task in area for a week, identifying crucial IS targets and passing exact coordinates for strikes with Russian planes,” he said.
“The officer died as a hero, he drew fire onto himself after being located and surrounded by terrorists,” he said.