Quantcast

Paramedic Students' Life Saving Lesson - LEX18.com | Continuous News and StormTracker Weather

Paramedic Students' Life Saving Lesson

Posted: Updated:

They train to rescue people, but over the weekend four EKU paramedic students and their instructor stumbled upon a real-life emergency in West Virginia. Of course, the students jumped into action and saved the day.

Practice makes perfect, and that's especially true when saving lives. It's something John Gaddis, his wife Leah Gaddis, and their classmates Ashley Brosmer and Brad Harp know first hand. As Eastern Kentucky University students, and licensed paramedics, they're taught an emergency can happen at any moment.

"That's really the name of the game. You have to be ready to help out at a moment's notice," said EKU Paramedic Program instructor, David Fifer.

Fifer preaches that lesson to the four paramedics, however on Sunday they passed a true test in emergency response.

"I couldn't be more proud of the way the students responded. It was like a well oiled machine, just like we trained them," said Fifer.

It all started as they were driving back from a conference in Maryland. While the group was near Charleston, West Virginia, they noticed a pickup crashed on the side of the highway.

"We looked over and there was a car in a ditch, so we hopped out and got to work," said Harp, a licensed paramedic and senior at EKU.

"Initially they were just kind of like, this guy is hurt, he needs help. And then we sort of got tunnel vision around the patient," said John Gaddis, a licensed paramedic who is studying emergency medicine.

Although the students didn't have their ambulance and most of their equipment, the emergency responders didn't hesitate to jump into action.

"He was in a pretty bad situation. He needed some medical attention. The best we could give without having the tools we are used to having," said Brosmer, a paramedic sequence student.

"It was about the patient, it was all about him," said Leah Gaddis, a licensed paramedic working toward a Bachelor's degree.

As a team, the four students and instructor were able to save the man. They helped local responders once they arrived, and then had an adrenaline rush for the remainder of their ride.

"It was just an incredible feeling. And we were all pretty stoked about it," said Leah.

Now they're back to their life saving simulation at EKU. Teaching a lesson to us all, that there's nothing like a hero's intuition during an emergency. 

"You don't second guess things, you just do what you have been taught to do," said Brosmer.

The students and their instructor encourage people to become CPR certified, so they too can help in an emergency.

WEATHER
MaxTrack Doppler
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Kids Chained In Calif. House Of Horrors; Parents Arrested

    Kids Chained In Calif. House Of Horrors; Parents Arrested

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 5:20 AM EST2018-01-16 10:20:50 GMT

    PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family’s home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, some so malnourished officers at first believed all were children even though seven are adults....

    PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family’s home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, some so malnourished officers at first believed all were children even though seven are adults....

  • Tracking Snow And Bitter Cold

    Tracking Snow And Bitter Cold

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 3:37 AM EST2018-01-16 08:37:52 GMT
    The StormTracker threat index remains at 1 Tuesday, a slight risk. More accumulating snow will lead to slick, snow covered roads and potentially hazardous driving conditions- use caution on your commute. Much colder air tracked in overnight behind an Arctic front and with moisture still streaming northeast higher snow ratios will lead to more snow mainly in the morning in the Bluegrass and shifting southeast later in the day. We've tweaked forecast snow totals slightly from yesterday:...
    The StormTracker threat index remains at 1 Tuesday, a slight risk. More accumulating snow will lead to slick, snow covered roads and potentially hazardous driving conditions- use caution on your commute. Much colder air tracked in overnight behind an Arctic front and with moisture still streaming northeast higher snow ratios will lead to more snow mainly in the morning in the Bluegrass and shifting southeast later in the day. We've tweaked forecast snow totals slightly from yesterday:...
  • Lexington Doctor Arrested After Allegedly Showing Up To Surgery Intoxicated

    Lexington Doctor Arrested After Allegedly Showing Up To Surgery Intoxicated

    Monday, January 15 2018 7:16 PM EST2018-01-16 00:16:35 GMT

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - A doctor at Baptist Health Lexington has been taken into custody after allegedly showing up intoxicated to do a surgery. A spokesperson with Baptist Health Lexington confirms that Dr. Theodore Gerstle, a plastic surgeon, was arrested after leaving the hospital. He had just had a confrontation with hospital administration. Dr. Gestle's privileges have been revoked pending an investigation. He has been charged with a public intoxication charge.

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - A doctor at Baptist Health Lexington has been taken into custody after allegedly showing up intoxicated to do a surgery. A spokesperson with Baptist Health Lexington confirms that Dr. Theodore Gerstle, a plastic surgeon, was arrested after leaving the hospital. He had just had a confrontation with hospital administration. Dr. Gestle's privileges have been revoked pending an investigation. He has been charged with a public intoxication charge.

Powered by Frankly

© LEX18.com 2018, LEX18.com
A CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS Station
All rights reserved
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?