Two student hero stories to brighten up your Friday from our ASHI and MEDIC First Aid family. What an awesome way to wrap up the week. Here we go:
From ASHI instructor D. Keith Hibler at the United Services Automobile Association in Texas comes word of USAA Security Officer Stephen Clark.
On May 22,2013, USAA Security Officer Stephen Clark was driving on Interstate I-17 in Arizona, where he came upon a serious accident. He found one victim with no serious injuries, but found a second victim inside a vehicle. Officer Clark broke the rear window to gain access to the victim. She showed no signs of life. As the accident scene was unsafe, he carefully moved the victim, transporting her across four lanes of traffic.
Officer Clark then began CPR, and continued until EMS and Fire personnel arrived. The victim regained consciousness and was able to walk away from the scene and meet up with her spouse. Arizona Public Safety Officers noted Officer Clark in their report, and recognized him directly for taking action at the scene.
Over on the MEDIC First Aid side, we heard from Steve Humphrey of North Bend, Oregon, whose student Chris Gederos put his training into immediate action.
Within 10 minutes of leaving his CPR training class on August 5, 2013, Chris explains that he saw a young woman unresponsive on the side of the road.
The woman, who had sustained cuts and bruises to her forehead, regained consciousness when called to, but soon fell victim to a seizure. Chris contacted EMS who arrived moments later. The victim began to speak but seemed unable to move. It seems she had slipped and fallen, injuring her head which in turn triggered the seizure.
As Chris put it in his email to his instructor, “Thanks for the information which gave me confidence and [helped me keep] the situation calm.”
Building the confidence to respond is a primary goal of our emergency care training programs. Now, we know it’s unlikely that many students will have to call on their training within minutes of completing their course like Chris did. That’s why we include the Passport app with our ASHI and MEDIC First Aid certification cards, to help students remember what they’ve learned long after class day.
The Passport mobile app gives on-demand access to emergency care topics and our LearningLinks refresher lessons to review when skills start to feel a little rusty.
The app is available through iTunes or Google Play and includes:
- Emergency topics
- Essential reference videos
- Digital student book
- Specific video segments from the training course
- Training Center contact information
Students can also access the app on our website here. Directions for use are provided on the back of our certification cards.
Need to take an emergency care class? Let us help you get in touch with an ASHI or MEDIC First Aid instructor in your area.