Mersey soldier in Afghan gun battle.
Sapper Kieran Dawson, 26, a Royal Engineer from Maghull, was working on a bridge on a road that had already been blown up once when his team came under fire from a hail of bullets.
One soldier was shot in the leg and the Engineers treated their colleague before being able to get the wounded man to safety.
Former Deyes High School student Sapper Dawson said: "I heard shots, which were flying past myself and my commander - they were landing just five or 10metres away from us. It was my first contact with the insurgents, but in a way I had been waiting for it. I knew we would be in dangerous situations."
Sapper Kieran Dawson