Pete Reed

Pete Reed was a former US Marine Corps rifleman who served for two deployments to Helmand Afghanistan before traveling cross country and living in the west as a ski instructor. He started his humanitarian career working with Team Rubicon after Hurricane Sandy hit his home state of New Jersey. In the summer of 2014, he assisted in the training of 33 Haitian EMTS. In late 2015 he left Jackson Hole WY to begin medical training operations in Northern Iraq.

Eventually, he would lead medical teams with the Kurdish Peshmerga then collocate with the Iraqi Special Forces for the duration of the Battle for Mosul treating over 10,000 trauma patients in the newly formed Trauma Stabilization Points. During the battle and while operating frontline clinics, Pete would work with others to found Global Response Management (now Global Response Medicine). Beginning in 2017, Pete participated in GRM operations in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and Poland. On his returns home, Pete would split his time between working on an ambulance as a Paramedic and in the mountains hiking and skiing.

Heartbreakingly, Pete was killed in 2023 when his rescue vehicle was targeted by a Russian anti-tank missile in Bakhmut, Ukraine. Pete was dedicated to serving his country and community, and always considered the formation of GRM as his life’s “proudest achievement.”


We are in Gaza and Ukraine.

Yesterday, GRM founder Pete Reed and was killed in Bakhmut, Ukraine.

Yesterday, GRM founder Pete Reed was killed in Bakhmut, Ukraine. Pete was the bedrock of GRM, serving as Board President for 4 years. In January, Pete stepped away from GRM to work with Global Outreach Doctors on their Ukraine mission and was killed while rendering aid.

This is a stark reminder of the perils rescue and aid workers face in conflict zones as they serve citizens caught in the crossfire. Pete was just 33 years old, but lived a life in service of others, first as a decorated US Marine and then in humanitarian aid. GRM will strive to honor his legacy and the selfless service he practiced.

We fully support Pete’s family, friends, and colleagues during this devastating time.