Things might have gone tragically incorrect for a woman who was hit by a lorry and pinned beneath it this month as she rode a scooter in downtown Washington, D.C., however for the reality that the mishap took place near the Marine barracks in the capital.
“I was just going to the chow hall to get some breakfast and we hear a Marine call out, ‘A woman was simply run over by a vehicle,'” said Cpl. Denny Bohne of Guard Company, Marine Barracks Washington, on 8th and I Streets near the Navy Yard, in a video published on Facebook of the significant rescue that followed. The mishap occurred a block far from the barracks.
Bohne and other Marines rushed to the car, removed the jack from the trunk and began raising the back of the lorry. Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Belko, who was the guard task officer when the mishap happened on Nov. 7, utilized another jack that was handed to him by a passerby to lift the front of the automobile.
The Marines' actions “were integral to reducing the quantity of time it took for us to take care of that victim,” stated Lt. Leo Ruiz, a rescue worker from D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, who assisted take the woman to a health center.
It was uncertain what injuries she sustained, however the woman survived, thanks in big part to the Marines' actions, Ruiz stated in the video.
“Honestly, if they hadn't done what they had done, it could have postponed care for that victim,” he stated. “We're constantly taught in the fire service when you speak about EMS and injury care, that (it's necessary) getting those victims … to the ideal location quickly, and they absolutely assisted us to do that.”
The Marines who assisted save the woman were “relieved that she made it out okay,” Bohne stated.
However they soft-pedaled their heroism, with Belko saying the actions that saved her were “a team effort” including D.C. rescue workers and passersby who cracked in to help.
“Marines go to the sound of the gun, so it didn't amaze me at all the Marines were there,” Belko said.
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