Space Force Spc. Danielle Green and Army Sgt. Michael Wolkeba, recognized as the United Service Organization’s servicemembers of the year, used tourniquets in off-duty emergencies to save lives. Green, while on a bike ride, applied a makeshift tourniquet to a teenage girl with severe leg wounds. Wolkeba, encountering a multi-collision accident in Arizona, used a tourniquet to control bleeding for an injured woman. Their actions highlight the importance of tourniquet skills, increasingly taught to military personnel and civilians for emergency first aid.
- USO Recognition: Danielle Green and Michael Wolkeba were awarded for their quick action in applying tourniquets in separate incidents, saving civilian lives.
- Green’s Lifesaving Action: During a bike ride in Colorado, Green used a bandana and sharpie to fashion a tourniquet for a teenage girl with serious leg injuries.
- Wolkeba’s Emergency Response: While driving through Arizona, Wolkeba assisted in an RV crash, using a tourniquet to stop the bleeding of an injured woman trapped under debris.
- Tourniquet Training in Military: The incidents underscore the value of tourniquet training in the military, which has been increasingly emphasized for its life-saving potential in both combat and civilian situations.
- Broader Implications: The actions of Green and Wolkeba exemplify how military training can equip service members with critical skills that can be applied in a variety of emergency scenarios, benefiting broader society.