Last summer I called 911 because my sister had a fall and needed to be taken to the University Medical Center at Princeton. Within a few minutes of my call, a police officer arrived and was followed shortly by an ambulance with a three-person crew. They did an outstanding job in carefully getting my sister out of the house, into the ambulance, and checked into the hospital emergency department. I want to thank all four of these professionals for the wonderful care they took with my sister’s care.
My husband is weak from cancer and did not have the strength to stand after he fell in the pharmacy. An employee and I could not get him up off the floor. His front teeth punctured his upper lip and the bridge of his nose required stitches. I was very upset over my husband’s fall and all of the blood. Seeing you calmed me down. Thank you so much for coming to our aid.
I broke my foot getting off a bus. I had no car, no family close by, and a cell phone that was broken. The crew was so kind and while I was embarrassed using an ambulance for a minor injury, I was made comfortable by the terrific care I received. I feel very fortunate to have received the services provided by the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad.
My partner and I were called to a local high school game. When we arrived, a football player had collapsed and started convulsing right as the game ended. He had hit the ground without no apparent cause. The coaches had started to do chest compressions.
Every moment is critical in these kinds of cases, especially when underlying causes are unclear. My partner and I relied on our training and experience to provide critical care on the scene to stabilize the patient.
When we put him in the ambulance, his team formed a semi-circle around it to cheer him. I was very moved to see their support and how deeply they cared for their teammate.
Later that year I read the patient had returned to a full quality of life with no deficits. It is very gratifying to know that we helped save his life.
Extremely heavy rainfall had caused flooding and people were trapped in their cars. With flash flooding, the road at first can seem passable. But then a car quickly can become caught in a life-threatening situation.
In this particular situation, an elderly man was stuck in his car and two young kids and their parents were trapped in another vehicle. The current was moving downhill toward the cars and the water was not receding.
I walked out to the cars in waist-deep water with other first responders to get the children out through the windows because they couldn’t open their doors. The parents were able to get out through their doors with assistance.
The situation easily could have gotten worse because of the nature of the flooding that day and the position of the cars in the water. Water rescues involve very specific training and I am very grateful that I was prepared to use those skills in this situation.
When we arrived on the scene, a car had rolled over and slammed into a utility pole. Two passengers were pinned against the pole near the car's crumpled roof and dashboard.
Any miscalculation on our part could have made things worse because the car was so heavily damaged and in a dangerous position.
We used several power tools to get the victims out of the car, including a shoring device. We were able to stabilize the patients and get them safely to the hospital. One went by helicopter, and the other was transported in one of our ambulances.
I am grateful for the many hours of skills training we receive at the Squad. On this call, it prepared us to extricate the patients safely and helped us to save them from injuries that did not seem survivable.
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