Medical Airmen Save Lives in Vegas

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  • By Staff Sgt. Keri Giles
  • 116th Medical Group

New Hampshire Air National Guard medical personnel attending advanced training at Nellis Air Force Base put their training skills to use, responding to two separate motor vehicle accidents, while site seeing in Las Vegas, Jan. 28, 2018.

These specially trained Airmen, assigned to the 157th Medical Group, New Hampshire ANG, were in the right place at the right time. After witnessing two motorcycles collide with a car, the Airmen jumped to action, administering first aid to the victims until Emergency Medical Services arrived at the scene.

“Preparation and training are key, because you never know when you are going to need them” stated Lt. Col. Adam Vernadakis, course director for Advanced Trauma Life Support, who was one of the responders on the scene.

Coincidentally, another van full of medics from the same unit witnessed a three-car accident just miles away. They too assisted in scene safety and gave witness statements to the local police department.

These personnel truly exemplify what it means to improve the health of all we serve and meet our nation’s needs.