‘Golden Dragon’ medics help save the life of an Iraqi civilian while on convoy patrol

| May 13, 2011 | 1 Comment
Lt. Col. Andrew Ulrich (right), commander, 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID, awards Spc. Nathan McChristy, combat medic, 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT, with an Army Achievement Medal at COB Warrior, Iraq, April 23.

Lt. Col. Andrew Ulrich (right), commander, 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID, awards Spc. Nathan McChristy, combat medic, 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT, with an Army Achievement Medal at COB Warrior, Iraq, April 23.

Story and Photo by
Pfc. Alyxandra McChesney
1st Advise and Assist Task Force Public Affairs, 1st Infantry Division, U.S. Division-North

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, Iraq — Three combat medics gave emergency medical attention to a local Iraqi resident injured in a three-vehicle accident in Kirkuk, Iraq, here, recently.

Sgt. Lionel Semon and Spc. Nathan McChristy, both combat medics with the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, “Golden Dragons,” 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, were en route to Contingency Operating Base Warrior when three Iraqi civilian vehicles collided in front of their convoy.

“Our platoon was returning from Fire Base Manila when the vehicle in the lead of our convoy radioed to myself and Sgt. Semon to grab our gear and (to come) assess an accident,” McChristy said.

When the medics arrived at the location of the accident, they first checked a vehicle that was rolled on its side to see if there were personnel inside. They cleared the vehicle and then moved toward the other two vehicles involved in the crash, McChristy explained.

“When we started moving closer to the vehicle, I realized there was a man trapped inside,” McChristy said.

As McChristy and Semon directed people to step back from the scene, Spc. Nestor Gomez, combat medic, Company C, 101st Bde. Support Bn., 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Inf. Div., who was on another mission just across the street from where the incident occurred, joined in the effort to assist the injured man.

The three medics worked to provide aid to the injured driver while waiting for Iraqi medical personnel to arrive on scene. Semon and Gomez attempted to pull the victim out, but quickly realized he was trapped.

“Once we realized he was stuck in between the dashboard and the seat, we pushed the dashboard up just enough to be able to get the man out,” Gomez said.

Semon took an advisory role during the incident and allowed the junior medics to take the lead in treating the patient.

“While McChristy and Gomez worked on the patient, I stepped back to give them space, and (I) assisted them in handing them the supplies they needed to get the job done,” Semon said.

“An ambulance from the Kirkuk hospital arrived within 10 to 15 minutes of rendering first aid, and took the patient to the nearest hospital for further treatment,” McChristy said.

The three medics ensured the scene was safe before continuing with their missions, after Iraqi medical personnel took control of the incident.

“A medic is a medic, and our primary mission is to do everything we can to aid the patient,” Gomez said.

 

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  1. sarah semon says:

    I am so proud of my husband.Sergeant Lionel Semon,Its unbelievable how brave and courages he his…….

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