Vincent and Ruthann Traylor

“Thank you for being part of the team that saved my son’s life.”

I never thought about the benefit of having EMTs nearby until my family really needed them.  Now I know how lucky we are to have the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad.

In February 2017 during a Princeton High School basketball game, my son Vincent stumbled out of the locker room. No one could figure out what had happened. He was hunched over and disoriented.  

Officials called 911 and within three minutes, the first aid squad arrived. When I saw the EMTs arrive, I breathed a sigh of relief.  A crowd had gathered around Vincent and the scene was very chaotic. The Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad took charge and rushed Vincent to the Princeton Medical Center. Within hours, he was in surgery at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick. Vincent had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke!

After a lengthy recovery, Vincent is now enjoying his senior year at PHS, and he’s thrilled to join his teammates on the basketball court. Vincent’s experience has inspired him to explore the medical field as he applies to college.

I pass by the first aid squad building once or twice every day. Little did I realize or appreciate that there are capable and compassionate EMTs in there on call 24/7. My precious son is with me today because of the skilled care and rapid response of everyone involved, starting with the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad.

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