Oregon Air National Guardsmen save two lives after motorcycle crash

A staff with the Oregon Air Nationwide Guard saved two people’s lives after a motorcycle incident in mid-May possibly.

The specific tactics Airmen with the 125th Distinctive Methods Squadron have been in a convoy on I-84 in a put where the speed limit is 80 miles per hour in Idaho on May perhaps 15 when a motorcyclist with a passenger was struck from behind, in accordance to the Air Force Specific Ways.

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“We had been just driving back to base, I search over and I see it occur, and I notify the driver to pull more than,” said Grasp Sgt. Stephen Studenny, 125th STS senior enlisted chief. “I was functioning across the freeway on the cellphone contacting the others to get their gear and I appeared back and they were presently out of their automobiles running throughout the median.”

The special ways assistance customers, who had been at compact arms schooling in advance of, had been heading to Gowen Discipline, Idaho, when the crash transpired. They quickly jumped into action.

“These guys were being in flip flops sprinting across the median ready to flag down traffic and make a highway block to safeguard their teammates and the individuals,” claimed Maj. Alex Nell, 125th STS commander. “We experienced guys that blocked and directed traffic, when their teammates simultaneously moved to triage and take care of what finished up getting two patients. We had four to five pararescuemen and overcome controllers performing on each affected person.”

Just times earlier, the airmen had participated in tactical overcome casualty care instruction and experienced specialized healthcare devices with them from their coaching at the firing array that day. The instruction provided “everything from controlling arterial bleeding to developing airways through cricothyrotomy,” Nell said.


“One individual had definitely undesirable road rash, very likely broken bones, and dealing with shock, but was responsive. They stabilized the head and neck with natural tools and founded an IV to administer fluids. Concurrently they received to the other who was in actually bad condition,” Nell continued. “I won’t get into specifics, but it was terrible. They assessed the 2nd individual, ended up clearing and setting up an airway, place in intraosseous accessibility for fluid administration, and stabilized the head/neck and pelvis/again for transport when checking vitals. They got them the two to a position of balance to be capable to be transported by ambulance.”

He also mentioned the ICU “confirmed” that “one of the patients would have died on scene experienced it not been for [the 125th STS Airmen], and the other client could have easily died from shock.”