Showing posts with label car accident. Show all posts
Showing posts with label car accident. Show all posts

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Heroic Travis Air Base Airman saved lives in California

Reserve Citizen Airman’s quick action saves lives

Air Force Reserve Command
By Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps
349th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
Published March 05, 2019

Staff Sgt. Emily Johnson, 349th Aeromedical Staging Squadron admin assistant, poses for a photo at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., on March 4, 2019. In January, Johnson helped save lives in a multiple car crash on Interstate 80 near Fairfield, Calif. during rush hour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

It was just another day for Staff Sgt. Emily Johnson, 349th Aeromedical Staging Squadron administrative assistant. She had finished up work at Travis Air Force Base, California, assisting members of the 349th Air Mobility Wing with travel voucher issues. After a change of clothes, she was on her way to class in Vallejo, where she was taking classes to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor.

As she drove down I-80 during its treacherous rush hour, the truck in front of her changed lanes revealing a 65-mile-per-hour collision course with a stopped car.

“The vehicle just casually merged over,” she said. “So, I didn’t think anything of it. Then all of a sudden, there was a stalled car in front of me. I slammed on my breaks, going 65. I had maybe 30 feet to stop.”

Johnson sat there for a moment in the carpool lane to process as cars zoomed around her.

“I sat there in my car and looked behind me,” she said. “I kept thinking, ‘I’m going to get hit, I’m going to get hit.’ I couldn’t stay there. I needed to get over.”

She quickly cut around the car, parked about 20 feet in front of it, and turned on her hazard lights. Once settled, she called 911 and told dispatch there was going to be an accident on the highway. Johnson then rushed to the driver in the stalled car, an elderly woman.

“I told her, ‘Get out of your car, get out of your car. You’re going to get hit. You’re not going to live,” Johnson described.

The Reserve Citizen Airman escorted the driver to her car and placed her in the passenger seat. As Johnson was about to leave the highway to get to a safe location, a crash was heard as two cars plowed into the back of the stalled car.

“As soon as I heard the hit, I told the woman to stay in my car,” Johnson described. “I jumped out of my car and ran back to check on the other drivers.”

And then a truck came. The two drivers who had hit the stalled car had gotten out of their cars to inspect the damage. When the truck came, it didn’t merge into the other lane where traffic was, it went towards the divide.

“I don’t think he had time to stop,” Johnson said.

The truck hit the two cars and struck the drivers who were out inspecting the damage.

“Literally, this all happened in less than a minute,” Johnson said. “I heard the initial crash, and by the time I got out to check, the truck had hit. Immediately, I started looking for people.”

She rushed to the first car, the air bag had gone off, the door was open, and there was no one to be seen. She went to the next one and the door was bent back the opposite way, and still no one.

“I thought, ‘Where are these people?’” she said.

She looked on the other side of the concrete divider, where oncoming traffic was, and there was a man standing in the middle of the highway. His pants were tattered and he was bleeding from his legs and face. He said he flew over the barrier when the truck hit him.

“My first thought was, ‘How are you alive? How are you conscious? How have you not been hit by another car?” Johnson said.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Marine veteran ran to help rollover victim

Marine veteran helps I-25 rollover victim
NBC 9 News
Author: Jennifer Meckles
May 1, 2018
“The Marines, they teach you to stay calm. And in a situation like this, that’s the number one, most important thing – you’re not thinking straight unless you’re calm.”

On Tuesday morning, Ryan Erwin was in a meeting at work when he and his colleagues heard a crash outside their office at Metro Construction near downtown Denver. Looking across Interstate 25, they could see the aftermath.

“I looked over the highway and I saw a truck on its side,” Erwin said. “I just kind of jumped into that first response, which is, you better go make sure everybody’s OK!”

Erwin ran across the interstate to the scene of the crash. He found a truck on its side, and the driver trying to climb out. Several other people were gathering around also trying to help.

“At that point, [the driver] was halfway out, crawling out the top," Erwin explained. "I helped him to the ground, I asked him some questions to make sure he was coherent, that he didn’t have any head injuries. and he seemed ok – but you never, know.”

“I remember he took my face,” said Steve Holden, the driver.

He said Erwin gave him directions and took control of the situation until first responders arrived.
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Fort Carson Soldiers Rescue Woman Trapped in Car

Fort Carson Soldiers credited with helping a woman pinned by a vehicle
KKTV 11 News
January 3, 2016

"I mean, at the minimum they prevented further injury they could have even saved her life," said Trooper Timothy Deen with the Colorado State Patrol.
FOUNTAIN, Colo. (KKTV) - Several Fort Carson Soldiers are being hailed as unsung heroes. Members of the Colorado State Patrol are hoping to give credit where credit is due.

A rollover crash Tuesday morning left a woman pinned by part of her red SUV. The crash happened at about 7 a.m. on I-25 near the Mesa Ridge Parkway exit.

Good Samaritans that stopped to help say there were at least three men, likely from Fort Carson, that held the vehicle up off the woman until the fire department arrived on scene.

"She was pinned and trapped, she was able to speak and let us know that she didn't believe that she was injured in anyway," said Sgt. Sean Hartley with the Fountain Police Department. "However half of her body was in the vehicle and the other half was out with the vehicle on its side and kind of leaning towards the rest of her body."

The crash was believed to be caused by icy road conditions. The conditions didn't keep the group of unidentified soldiers from attempting to help the trapped woman.
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Parris Island Marine Hero Vanished?

Unidentified Marine hero injured in Burton roadway rescue
Live 5 News
By Georgiaree Godfrey
Monday, February 29th 2016
“There was a marine from Parris Island.

We're actually not sure who he is, but he went into traffic to help get someone who had been ejected from the vehicle, and in the process of bringing them to the shoulder, he was clipped by a car,” said Lt. Alex Murray, Burton Fire District.
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Afghanistan Veteran Double Amputee Re-injured in Car Accident


The Memorial Day holiday is celebrated by all, but really is most relevant for those who’ve served, and those who have been marked forever for their bravery. Here is a touching story of one decorated Afghanistan war vet, a double amputee, who was re-injured here at home, and turned to the law firm of Steinger, Iscoe and Greene for help.

On a spring morning in 2013, this 22-year old corporal suffered drastic injuries when an 89-year old driver collided into his vehicle while attempting to cross 3 lanes of traffic. Her negligence not only caused considerable damage to his vehicle, but also triggered a relapse of his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD syndrome had begun to plague him 2 years earlier, about the time an IED explosion cost him both of his legs during active duty in Afghanistan.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fort Sill Soldier rushed to aid car crash victims

Ft. Sill soldier uses training in real-life car rescue
Posted: Mar 31, 2014

COMANCHE COUNTY, Okla._ A Fort Sill soldier is being hailed a hero tonight after witnessing a brutal car accident and rushing to the aid of the two people trapped inside the vehicle.

The accident happened on Highway 7, just east of Lawton, and the timing could not have been more perfect. The soldier, who saw the entire accident unfold, is a trained medic. He quickly ran from his car with all the supplies he needed to save lives.

"Right place, right time," says Pfc. Jeremy Nedd, a medic with the 214th FIRES Brigade. "I just happened to be able to give the lady first aid at the time that she needed it."

Nedd was driving down Highway 7 the morning of March 30 shortly after 9 a.m. when out of the corner of his eye he saw an SUV in mid-air before flipping several times.

"The first couple of minutes of any type of situation like that are the most important," says Nedd.

The vehicle, a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe, now sits mangled with shattered glass and blood-stained seats. After seeing the car tumble, Nedd quickly pulled over and grabbed his backpack full of supplies before running to the SUV with a grandmother and her 10-year-old grandson pinned inside.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Fort Bragg soldier became double amputee because of drunk driver

Fort Bragg soldier, double-leg amputee, recovers after being injured by alleged drunken driver
Nicole Carr
February 25, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) -- Walter Reed National Military Medical Center has been home to Army Sgt. Maj. Jeremy Bruns and his wife Jenny since late 2012.

Each day, Bruns takes one more step. He learns one more lesson, and he's inspired by his fellow servicemen and women recovering from injuries sustained on the battlefield.

Bruns, a Special Operations soldier out of Fort Bragg, has been deployed nine times, including multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

"It's very tough to learn how to walk again," Bruns said during a February workout in Walter Reed's Military Advanced Training Center. "Something you take for granted after mastering it 40 years ago, and then you start all over."

But the 42-year-old double leg amputee and partial hand amputee's injuries are not a result of war.

They're a result of a drunk driver.

On Nov. 10, 2012 the Fort Bragg soldier was attaching his kayak to the back of his pickup truck in front of his Calamar Drive home in Fayetteville. Around 10 a.m., his neighbor Rhonda Renee Sutton Bryant would come speeding down the residential street at 45 miles per hour, on the wrong side of the road. Bruns was pinned between Bryant's hood and his bumper for nearly an hour.

"She didn't stop when she hit me," Bruns recalled.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Motorist recovering after crashing into military convoy

Motorist Crashes into Light Armored Vehicle in Military Convoy on SR 62
Banning-Beaumont Patch
Posted by Guy McCarthy (Editor)
December 17, 2013

A motorist was injured Friday when he reportedly "took his attention off the road" and struck a Light Armored Vehicle in a military convoy en route from USMC Camp Pendleton to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, a CHP officer said Tuesday.

The crash occurred just after 5 p.m. Dec. 13 on State Route 62 east of Bonair Road in Joshua Tree, Officer Joan Griffin of the Morongo Basin California Highway Patrol said in a statement.
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Marine and wife team up to save lives

Sgt. Richard Skates saves 4 lives after car accident
Brandle Piper
July 30, 2013

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (KSDK) - A soldier form O'Fallon, Mo., stationed in California, saved the lives of four people involved in a car accident earlier this month.

Sgt. Richard Skates, 25, is an amphibious assault vehicle crewman. He and his wife, Jacqueline, and child were driving on an exit ramp from state Route 78 to Interstate Highway 5 July 9 when they noticed an overturned vehicle in a ditch. It was standing son its end.

Skates said he could hear the crash victims yelling for help, so he reached into the back of the vehicle and pulled two children out, and then a teenager from the passenger seat.
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Soldier Saves Teens from Burning Vehicle
by Maj. Penny Zamora
Jul 25, 2013

NINEVEH, Ind. -- It was a scene from a parent's worst nightmare: a car full of teens had hit a tree head on, and the car was now on fire. Thanks to Staff Sgt. Michael Peters and his wife, Debra, all the teens survived and are on the road to recovery.

Peters and Debra were driving home from work at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, or CAJMTC, Ind., on July 19, 2013, when they came upon a car accident moments after it occurred. A 15-year old passenger had gotten out of the vehicle, but the three other teens, aged 14, 16, and 18, were still inside.
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Soldier and Wife Save Teens from Burning Vehicle

Soldier Saves Teens from Burning Vehicle
by Maj. Penny Zamora
Jul 25, 2013

NINEVEH, Ind. -- It was a scene from a parent's worst nightmare: a car full of teens had hit a tree head on, and the car was now on fire. Thanks to Staff Sgt. Michael Peters and his wife, Debra, all the teens survived and are on the road to recovery.

Peters and Debra were driving home from work at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, or CAJMTC, Ind., on July 19, 2013, when they came upon a car accident moments after it occurred. A 15-year old passenger had gotten out of the vehicle, but the three other teens, aged 14, 16, and 18, were still inside.

When Peters, a trainer/mentor assigned to 2nd Battalion, 289 Field Artillery, 157th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East, and his wife stopped, two of the teens were pinned in the front of the vehicle. A third teen was unconscious in the back seat.

"We didn't think about it; we just pulled over. Our thought was to clear the teens out before the vehicle was entirely engulfed," said Peters.
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The lesser known risk to OEF and OIF veterans is when they crash

This is one of the reasons why we will never know the true price of war and what the lack of care does.
Motor vehicle crashes: A little-known risk to returning veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan
Washington Post
By David Brown
Published: May 5
Andy Manis/For The Washington Post
Steven Acheson, an Iraq War veteran, at his apartment in Platteville, Wis., May 3, 2013.
For men and women who have fought in the country’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, death behind the wheel is becoming another lethal aftereffect of combat.

After they leave military service, veterans of the two wars have a 75 percent higher rate of fatal motor vehicle accidents than do civilians. Troops still in uniform have a higher risk of crashing their cars in the months immediately after returning from deployment than in the months immediately before. People who have had multiple tours in combat zones are at highest risk for traffic accidents.

The phenomenon has been revealed by various pieces of evidence — research as well as observations of service members, veterans and counselors.

The most common explanation is that troops bring back driving habits that were lifesaving in war zones but are dangerous on America’s roads. They include racing through intersections, straddling lanes, swerving on bridges and, for some, not wearing seat belts because they hinder a rapid escape.

That’s probably not the whole story, however. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suffered by thousands of veterans, increases aggressive driving. Drunken driving and thrill-seeking also are more common after combat, according to a few studies and the testimony of many veterans.
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Marine and Soldier killed in car crash

A broken-hearted fiance announced just before the crash, she's having a baby boy.
Marine among two men killed in west Wichita crash
By Amy Renee Leiker
The Wichita Eagle
Published Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012

A U.S. Marine lance corporal home on leave for Christmas was one of two young men killed in a single-car crash Thursday morning in west Wichita.

Thomas Krausch described his son, Devan, as outgoing, “just an all-around good kid” who was well-loved by his family and friends.

“It seemed like he would always be the one to help somebody else,” Thomas Krausch said. “He made his mom and I very proud.”

Wichita police say Devan M. Krausch, 22, was riding in a 2005 Chrysler 300 sedan with 21-year-old Marcus W. McClellan when the car struck a culvert beside 13th Street about 2:30 a.m. Thursday. The car became airborne and struck a power pole and utility lines at 13th and Liberty, near 135th Street West, Wichita police Capt. John Speer said.

The men were westbound on 13th Street at the time of the crash.

Krausch, who was thrown from the vehicle, died after being taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis.

McClellan died at the scene.

Both men were Wichita residents.

Thomas Krausch said his son, a 2008 Northwest High School graduate, was stationed at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. He had been home for just a few days.

McClellan’s family did not immediately respond to The Eagle’s request for an interview Thursday night.

The 21-year-old had attended both Bishop Carroll High School and Bethel College, according to his Facebook page. McClellan also is listed as a member of the U.S. Army on the social networking site.
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Airmen Saved Woman From Burning Car

Airmen Save Woman From Burning Car
Oct 31, 2012
Air Force News
by Dan Hawkins

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The July 4th holiday had been fun for Senior Airman Gil Campos and Airmen 1st Class Juan Vanegas and Chris Leon. After spending the day in Dallas watching an FC Dallas professional soccer game, they had made the two-hour drive back to Wichita Falls and Sheppard Air Force Base, where the trio are stationed.

The end of the day feeling was quickly replaced with a sense of urgency and duty when the three spotted a vehicle just off a local freeway that had crashed and was on fire.

"Chris (Leon) was driving and saw the accident first," said Vanegas, an awards and decorations technician with the 82nd Force Support Squadron. "We pulled over right away and jumped out of the car and ran as fast as we could to the car hoping nobody was inside."

While Vanegas and Leon were in a dead sprint to the burning car, Campos, 82nd FSS personnel systems manager, dialed 9-1-1 to get emergency services support to the scene as quickly as possible.

As soon as Vanegas and Leon, a knowledge operations manager with the 982nd Training Group, got close to the vehicle, they realized their worst fears were coming true.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Cherry Point Marine rushes to teen’s aid after car accident

Marine rushes to teen’s aid after car accident
By Cpl. Tyler J. Bolken, U.S. Marine Corps
Published: Monday, October 29, 2012

Cpl. Joshua Murphy, an airframe mechanic with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, stands in front of one of the squadron’s KC-130J Hercules on the Cherry Point flight line Monday. Murphy, a native of Colton, Calif., recently rushed to the aid of a 19-year-old woman who was in a car accident near his home in Newport. Murphy applied pressure to a wound on the young woman’s head until paramedics arrived. She was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Cpl. Tyler J. Bolken/U.S. Marine Corps

CHERRY POINT – A Marine and his wife were chatting as they prepared for bed around 10 p.m. Oct. 23 when they heard the sound of squealing tires not far from their home in Newport.

“It was an extremely loud screeching sound, followed by a few bangs and crashes,” said Cpl. Joshua Murphy, an airframe mechanic at Cherry Point. “We stopped in mid sentence and just kind of stared at each other.

“My wife and I both knew it was an accident.”

Murphy, a native of Colton, Calif., immediately told his wife to dial 911 before quickly grabbing his keys to drive toward the sounds of chaos.

According to police reports, a vehicle ran off the right side of a sharp curve on Lake Road, striking a street sign before impacting a tree and overturning onto its passenger side. No other cars were involved.

Murphy arrived at the scene and saw a totaled minivan less than a quarter mile from his home. It was pitch black outside, and he could only see what was in front of his headlights.

“You couldn’t even tell where the front end was,” said Murphy, adding that at this point, he was very concerned.
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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Bystanders Lift Car Off 10-Year-Old Boy

Bystanders Lift Car Off 10-Year-Old Boy In New Zealand After Collision
The Huffington Post
By Ron Dicker
Posted: 09/29/2012

We often hear of ordinary people unleashing superhuman strength in an emergency. But in Nelson, New Zealand, this week, the heroics required a team effort.

Three bystanders lifted a car off a 10-year-old boy after he became pinned underneath in a collision. The boy, who was not identified, suffered just scrapes and bruises, the Nelson Mail reported. Police are still investigating.

The boy was pushing his scooter on a street crossing when the car plowed into him and dragged him more than six yards, the news outlet said. Some onlookers waved at the driver to stop.

The assistant manager at a Subway, Patrick McDougall, Coffee Shack co-owner Keith Simpson and an unidentified woman heard the crash followed by the screams of the boy and others, according to the Leader. Then they sprinted to the scene and quickly hoisted the vehicle from the front and pushed the car back to free him. He appeared to have been trapped under a wheel.

"It was bloody heavy and I think the driver still had the brakes on, but we got it back," Simpson told the Leader. "Then the boy started talking so that was a big relief.

I hope I never have to see that again."

The trio's actions illustrate the Superman potential in all of us. In August, a slight Massachusetts man named Carlos Castro lifted an SUV to free a neighbor who became trapped underneath when a tire jack collapsed.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Car accidents more common after deployments

Report: Car accidents more common after deployments
Stars and Stripes
Published: April 23, 2012
WASHINGTON — Just a few weeks after his 2005 deployment to the Middle East ended, Chief Petty Officer Ron Verdoza smashed his SUV into a neighbor’s car.

Three years later, after returning from Afghanistan, he backed his Mustang into the wall of his garage.

“Both times, I just wasn’t focused on driving like I needed to be,” he said.

A new study released by USAA this week echoes that sentiment. USAA, which provides auto insurance to the military community, found a 13 percent jump in at-fault accidents for troops in the first six months after returning from deployment, compared with the six months before they deployed. Drivers with three or more overseas tours saw a 36 percent increase in accidents.

The three-year study is being shared with military officials and traffic safety experts in an effort to find ways to help returning troops stay safe while driving.

Researchers said that most of the accidents were caused by objects in the roadway and “losing control of the vehicle,” both indications that troops aren’t fully prepared for the pressures of civilian driving after lengthy stints overseas.

Scanning streets for signs of roadside bombs, for example, can lead servicemembers to ignore road signs and stoplights on U.S. roads. Drivers used to asserting their right of way in a Humvee convoy can find it irritating and unnerving to get stuck in traffic.
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Monday, February 27, 2012

Family and Friends pay their final respects to Westfield Marine

Family and Friends pay their final respects to Westfield Marine Corporal Christopher Arzola

By Scott Coen
Posted 30 minutes ago
WESTFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — On a crisp, gray Monday morning friends and family of Marine Corporal Christopher Arzola paid their final respects to a young Maine who died in a Valentine’s Day car accident near Camp Pendleton, California.

A threatened protest by the Westboro Baptist Church never materialized on Monday, but the specter of the visit gave a handful of young veterans, along with members of the Westfield State University community, a chance to say goodbye.

“Faculty and staff united with the veterans groups here today,” said Professor of Psychology Robert Hayes. “A human shield to any type of hate that might show up and make this uncomfortable for the family that’s mourning this very tragic loss.”

Large in numbers and galvanized in spirit, close to a hundred members of the Westfield State University community marched up Broad Street to pay their final respects to Marine Corporal Christopher Arzola.
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ex-Marine sniper found in woods after traffic crash

Marine vet with PTSD found after 2 days in snow

Former U.S. Marine sniper spends 48 hours in snowy woods after fleeing traffic crash
Published: Thursday, February 09, 2012
By Stuart Tomlinson, The Oregonian

A former U.S. Marine sniper who fled a traffic crash in a remote area of Douglas County was found huddling beneath pine boughs Wednesday after spending 48 hours in the snowy woods, police said.

Jason D. Cooper, 37, of Temecula, Calif., was shivering and suffering from hypothermia when Oregon State Police trooper Sgt. Dave Randall and Fish & Wildlife Division Senior Trooper Don Frerichs found him lying on the ground covered with branches around 3 p.m. Wednesday.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Marines in wreck remain hospitalized

Marines in wreck remain hospitalized
January 31, 2012 5:28 PM
Two Camp Lejeune Marines remained hospitalized in Greenville Tuesday following a weekend wreck in Jones County.

Lance Cpl. Igor Teterin was listed in fair condition and Lance Cpl. David VanDyne was listed in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center, formerly Pitt Memorial Hospital, as of Tuesday afternoon.

Both Marines are with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, according to information provided by 22nd MEU spokesman Capt. Binford Strickland.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fort Carson Soldiers Credit Army Training For Quick Response In Accident

Soldiers Credit Army Training For Quick Response In Accident
Two Fort Carson soldiers told 11 News their quick response was simply an extension of their service. They also say the Army has prepared them to act when the unexpected happens.
Posted: 9:25 PM Nov 16, 2011
Reporter: David Nancarrow
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11 News is learning more about a terrible crash that seriously hurt three girls in Colorado Springs. Two Fort Carson soldiers told 11 News their quick response was simply an extension of their service. They also say the Army has prepared them to act when the unexpected happens.

The scene was shocking on Highway 115 Wednesday morning after police say Mike Bobian ran a stop sign, resulting in the crash. Two cars were twisted. Three children were thrown from one of them.

"The accident actually took place right outside my residence," said PFC Logan Cameron.

Cameron was on his way to a day of work at Fort Carson when he discovered the accident. The Army medic had his first response kit with him.
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Local soldier helps save three children in crash
From Local12
12:41 PM Friday, November 18, 2011
ST. CLAIR TWP. — A local soldier is a hero in Fort Carson, Colo. after helping save the lives of three children.

Private First Class Logan Cameron, of Saint Clair Twp., was with another soldier then the pair were the first on the scene of a crash in which the three kids were thrown from their father’s vehicle, according to Local12. Police said Mike Bobian, the father, ran a stop sign as he was exiting from Highway 115 at Lake Avenue and was broad-sided by another vehicle.

Cameron, a combat medic and Staff Sgt. Shane Corley, were both near the crash scene in different vehicles, heading into work at the nearby U.S. Army base. The two are both Iraq War veterans but had never met before Wednesday.

When Cameron arrived at the crash site he grabbed his aid bag, jumped out of his car and worked to stabilize the children and help the father.

“There were several people laying out on the ground,” Cameron said.

“They were able to respond to my commands,” he said. “I was trying to get them to calm down and take deep breaths.”

Corley showed up on the crash scene a few minutes before Cameron. He called 911 and tried to help the young girls.
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