A Marine Corps trainee used skills he learned in a combat lifesaving course to save the life of a man shot on the side of the road in Virginia. 2nd Lt. Matthew George, a student with Charlie Company at The Basic School, witnessed a confrontation and shooting as he was driving. The Marine Corps trainee immediately turned his car around and returned to the scene of the shooting to offer aid to the shooting victim - first aid which was probably the difference between life and death.
Matthew George spoke about the combat lifesaver training he received at The Basic School. "It seemed like a 'far-away/if I ever have to do that' kind of thing. It was definitely not something I saw coming around the corner."
And while it was the skills he learned which helped him save the shooting victim's life, it was also his decision to turn around and administer that aid - something that other bystanders were not doing - which makes George a true hero.
That initiative and willingness to return to render aid to that shooting victim earned George a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
When 2nd Lt. Matthew George saw the shooting in his rearview mirror, he drove back to the scene immediately. He saw the shooter and others fleeing the scene. He also saw bystanders who were not directly assisting the shooting victim. That is when his quick thinking and training most likely saved a man's life.
Here is a recap of George's heroic actions as reported by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Kneeling down on the side of Route 1, with cars moving past at about 40 miles per hour, George immediately assessed the situation. "I rotated the victim on his side, looked for a wound and asked for a shirt or something so I could apply pressure" to stop the bleeding, he said.
George said a bystander handed him a t-shirt, and he used that to apply pressure to the wound until another individual showed up with a first aid kit, and he was able to switch out the shirt with sterile padding.
"I had recently had the combat lifesaving course and kept trying to talk to him [the victim] and check for shock," George said. As he applied pressure, he looked for other wounds and relayed information about the victim's condition to the 911 caller, who in turn passed the information to the emergency dispatcher.
Police officers, firefighters and paramedics arrived within minutes of the incident, and George stepped back and passed off care of the victim to the paramedics.
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