Police say Army sergeant lied to news about saving man’s life

Sgt. Trey Troney, a field artillery cannon crewmember assigned to Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. (Courtesy photos)

A noncommissioned officer at Fort Bliss, Texas is under investigation by Army officials after lying about saving a man’s life.

20-year-old Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember Sergeant Trey Troney brought shame to the 1st Armored Division’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team after making up a widely-publicized story involving saving a man’s life near the town of Sweetwater.

In Troney’s version of the story, he was heading home to Mississippi when he encountered a serious car accident and stopped to assist.

Encountering an individual named Jeff Udger, Troney allegedly treated the man’s collapsed lung with a needle attached to a ball point pen.

An article released by the US Army claimed that the Soldier did so in front of a Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper, and that Udger survived.

However, an investigation by Texas DPS revealed that the man involved in the crash had not only died at the scene, but also that his name was not Jeff Udger.

Texas DPS spokesman Lt. Kenneth Witt said that while Troney had stopped to assist, body cam footage from the troopers revealed that he did not perform any of the lifesaving procedures he described in previous stories.



According to KFOX, the US Army moved quickly to save face and retracted the story, citing “factual inconsistencies.” Now, Troney is the subject of an investigation by Fort Bliss officials.

Troney belongs to Battery C of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment.

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