Fort Bliss soldier lied during exclusive interview with CBS4

Fort Bliss Sgt. Trey Troney

A Fort Bliss soldier was on the scene of the bad crash on I-20 of Sweetwater, Texas, on Dec. 22, 2018.

Fort Bliss Sgt. Trey Troney said God put him in the right place at the right time.

He claims he used a decompression needle fastened to an ink pen and shoved it into the collapsed lung of a critically injured man.

"I looked at the truck driver and I was like, 'Here we go,' and I just shanked the guy between the ribs with an ink pen,” said Troney.

“And what happened?” said CBS4 anchor Shelton Dodson.

"As soon as I got it in, but it was all jello, so I just started wiggling it, because I could feel his two ribs and the meat. So I passed the skin, I punctured the skin and went through the ribs, and I was wiggling it with my finger. I could feel it, and right after I got past his meat, I felt the air pocket release, and he started breathing. He wasn't choking. There was kind of some bubbles coming out of, like, the tip of the tube, or the pen, which could have been, like, from the blood or anything, I'm assuming. After that, I literally let go and I looked over and I was like, 'OK, we're good.' Then I just kind of stood there, and he was still breathing but he was unconscious, and then I left,” said Troney.

“Could you believe it?” said Dodson.

"I couldn't believe it. I'm saying to this day I think I'm crazy,” said Troney.

Troney lied to CBS4 during that interview. Everyone thought Troney was a hero.

Troney said he rendered aid to Jeff Udger, who he said was seriously injured.

An investigation conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety revealed that Troney did not save the man's life, according to Texas DPS spokesman Lt. Kenneth “Bryan” Witt.

Witt confirmed that the crash did happen, but the victim involved in the crash is not Jeff Udger.

Investigators with the Texas DPS looked at body camera footage and didn't see Troney performing lifesaving techniques like he said he did with a ballpoint pen and a hoodie sweatshirt, said Witt.

Witt said DPS troopers on the scene did encounter Troney, "who had stopped to assist," at the scene.

Witt said the victim's name is not being released, but he didn't explain why.

Fort Bliss officials said they retracted the story they published on Jan. 9 about Troney because of "factual inaccuracies."

Army officials said they would like to 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.

Shortly after the CBS4 interview, Fort Bliss launched an investigation into Troney's story.

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