Team Buckley, bystanders save man's life
By Master Sgt. J. LaVoie, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published February 07, 2011
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The U.S. military trains to ensure service members know what to do in a crisis. Recently that crisis occurred not on base, but during a ride home for several members of Team Buckley.
Staff Sgt. Kristin Porter, Air force Technical Applications Center Det 45, was stopped in a driveway near the base making a phone call when she heard a loud sound.
"I was talking and I heard an accident behind me," she said. "I turned to look and saw a car off the road and right away there was smoke."
Sergeant Porter immediately hung up her call, called 911 and rushed over to help. At the same time, a former member of the Navy, who was in the car behind the one now burning, pulled the driver out.
"In the few seconds it took me to get to the car, it was already in flames," said Sergeant Porter. "The man that pulled him from the car saved his life."
The victim was unconscious, but both Sergeant Porter and the former sailor began treating him. Sergeant Porter had taken an EMT course in the past, but also credited Air Force training for her ability to help the injured man.
"Because we take the Self Aid and Buddy Care refresher every year, the information is fresh," she said. "But there were so many people out there that day, getting traffic stopped, trying to put the fire out and helping out. Complete strangers - none of them knew each other, but they were all working together."
These people included an off-duty nurse, who took over care from Sergeant Porter. Thanks to the quick thinking of bystanders, instead of being burned in his car, the victim was transported to a local hospital.