AAF pararescuemen performed a daring rescue of a badly wounded crash victim despite their lack of survival and casualty kit.
The 125th Special Tactics Squadron had just finished a day of training with small guns. They were traveling in a convoy on I-84 in western Idaho when they saw a motorbike collision. According to an Air Force news statement, a motorcycle with two riders was hit from behind, causing both riders to sustain serious injuries. Stephen Studenny, senior master sergeant, said, “Our lads got right to work; it’s second nature.” Air Force Pararescue.
Airman: “These men were dashing across the median in flip-flops, prepared to stop traffic and establish a blockade.” One patient had “very severe road rash, probably fractured bones, and shock, but was responding.” The airmen stabilized the patient’s head and established an intravenous line to provide fluids. One of the airmen made an incision and put a tube through the patient’s neck to create an airway. The week before, the airmen had completed a refresher course in tactical combat casualty care and hands-on cadaver training.