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Oct 31, 2013 1:30 PM by Nathan O'Neal

D-M Airmen first to respond to deadly I-10 pileup

TUCSON - Eight airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base were the first to provide care to victims of a 19-car pile up on the Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak.

According to a spokesperson for Davis-Monthan AFB, the Airmen were traveling past the scene and decided to stop and help.

“We were driving down Frontage Road when we saw the pile-up,” said Caleb, 48th Rescue Squadron combat rescue officer. “We noticed that there were police on either end, but no emergency medical services or rescue at the crash site.”

The Airmen credited their training and experience in allowing them to keep calm and render aid in conjunction with the other authorities at the scene.

The Airmen administered medical aid to more than 20 people injured in the crash that took place on October 29. Along with rescuing 5 people from vehicles, they also coordinated four medical helicopter flights and organized ground transportation for other injured individuals.

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