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NEWS | Oct. 14, 2019

NSWC Panama City team renders lifesaving aid after multi-vehicle accident

By Katherine Mapp NSWC PCD Public Affairs

A team from Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) provided lifesaving assistance after a multi-vehicle accident September 26.

The group, consisting of one active duty Sailor and a team of Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) Delivery Vehicle (SDV) support personnel, were witness to a vehicle accident while in transit.

According to Tim McTrusty, NSWC PCD electrical engineer, he and the team were the first ones on the scene.

“We saw the accident and saw the victims needed lifesaving assistance,” said McTrusty. “It was clear their lives were in danger.”

Tim Alexander, NSWC PCD SDV test pilot and dive supervisor, assisted a woman in the car while McTrusty went to render aid to a woman in an overturned sport utility vehicle (SUV).

Alexander ensured the woman in the car remained stable while McTrusty rendered aid to the woman in the SUV. McTrusty crawled into the SUV through the window on his back and identified himself. He then located the seatbelt release to assist in her escape from the vehicle.

With the assistance of the others on scene, the team slowly squeezed the woman out the window of the SUV.

Navy Diver 1st Class Blake Flohre, used his prior emergency medical technician training and maintained spine stabilization of her head and neck until paramedics arrived on the scene. 

Capt. Aaron Peters, NSWC PCD commanding officer, commends the team on their bravery and selflessness.

“I am humbled and inspired to learn of our NSWC PCD teammates who provided assistance after a recent vehicular crash,” said Peters. “This serves as a reminder that we should emulate this type of courage and selflessness each and every day.”