Let’s dive right in to today’s dose of inspiration with some Good Samaritan stories from our emergency care instructors around the country.
Let’s end this week with some inspiration from our student success files!
First up, from MEDIC First Aid instructor Curt Haas in Ashford, CT, we learn of Steve Quinto who in 2014 assisted two family members with his emergency care training.
In February of 2014, Steve’s sister was choking on some food and had started to turn blue. The quick-thinking brother knew exactly what to do and after an abdominal thrust was able to force the food item out of his sister’s throat.
Let’s dip into our ever-growing file of Good Samaritan stories for some quick inspiration.
One of the hardest challenges in coming to the aid of someone in need is that initial moment of decision. We see someone in distress and it makes us feel stressful as well. It takes a little boost of resolve to override that and decide “yes, I will step up and offer my assistance.”
Three cheers for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber for coming to the aid of an unconscious woman on a Portland street on Monday, May 5.
According to a story in the Oregonian, the governor was en route to dinner and asked his driver to stop when he saw the woman lying on the side of the road.
Aside from being governor, Kitzhaber is also a former emergency room doctor and has used his medical knowledge more than once while in office.
Thanks to Lori Pena, safety coordinator and MEDIC First Aid instructor with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) for sharing SMUD lineman Dwight Johnson’s story with us.
Get ready to be inspired by some quick-thinking MEDIC First Aid students.
We love to celebrate our Good Samaritan students. Here are some recent submissions from our instructors that show how a little training can go a long way. Today we feature some news from ASHI, and we’ll hear from Team MEDIC First Aid tomorrow.
The main focus of emergency care is, of course, what to do in a medical emergency. But what happens for that brave Good Samaritan after the event? Or how about for those bystanders who witness the drama of a rescue effort, especially for those all-too-frequent efforts that ultimately don’t succeed?
Thanks so much to ASHI instructor and safety director Chris Wulfeck for letting us know about his student hero Zack Russell.
“Zack is a welder at Jet Machine and Manufacturing in Cincinnati, OH. On February 8, 2014, he was sitting down for dinner with his family at a local restaurant when he saw a 65-year-old women across the restaurant being attended to by other bystanders.
Zack rushed over to help and noticed the woman was turning blue with an airway obstruction. He quickly performed a few abdominal thrusts to dislodge the object, but with no success.
The women then became unresponsive and Zack cradled her to the floor.