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A first responder’s perspective

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Despite the stress, concern and chaos, they always respond.

Those words should make you stop and think for a moment about our first responders and their actions during the recent tornados which have ravaged the south.

During and after these massive storms destroyed everything in their wake, while most residents were fleeing from the wreckage and the danger, the first responders were right there in the thick of it all, risking their lives to save others.

Here’s a first-hand look at pilot Robbie Tester’s perspective from the recent storms in the Southern U.S.:

Robbie Tester says his crew put on many hats that night, searching for and saving as many victims as they could.  He says it’s hard because you always fear the next call may be for one of your family members or friends.  But through the stress, concern, and chaos, they still always respond.

Last Wednesday, the storms so bad they couldn’t even fly through them.  Tester says, “There were numerous requests coming in for Lifeforce helicopters, but up until then we weren’t able to fly because the weather was just so bad.”

So Tester’s crew of 6 took off on the ground instead, taking an ambulance to Dade County.  Where, before they could help, they had to hide, staying safe through another storm.  “We went in basement at city hall and waited it out, and you could see it going around trenton cause you could see debris falling from tornado.”

As soon as it passed, paramedics went to work, searching for victims, seeing emotional injuries.  “It’s pretty much all trauma, the things you hear about but don’t see very often, devastating blunt and penetrating traumas.”

Tester says it was the worst local catastrophe he’s ever seen…

Click here to read the rest of the story of Robbie and his crew of first responders. Be sure to check out the video as well.

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Written by traumalines

May 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm

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