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THE UPS & DOWNS OF EMS
A Lincoln, Nebraska man is being
lauded as a local hero after he helped
save a man’s life with a makeshift tourniquet.
Brandon Wainwright was driving down a suburban street when he heard people screaming for help. When Wainwright pulled over,
he found a man lying in blood—his leg was
jammed between two cars and it was barely
attached to his body. The victim, Steven Collins,
had been involved in a brutal road rage incident.
Wainwright knew he had to act fast to stop
the deadly amount of blood loss. He looked
through his car and found bungee cords—a
surprisingly perfect tourniquet because of their
thickness and stretchiness. Wainwright covered
Collins’ leg and tightly applied the bungee cord.
Collins asked if he was going to die, and Wain-
wright confidently, and correctly, answered,
“Dude not when I’m here you’re not.”
Though Collins had to get his leg ampu-
tated, he’s alive because of Wainwright’s abil-
ity to stop the rapid blood loss. This citizen
rescue is a perfect example of the importance
of educating the public on how to properly
intervene in medical emergencies. Just as we’ve
educated the public on immediate delivery of
defibrillation via publicly accessible AEDs,
Wainwright’s story proves that properly edu-
cated bystanders can recognize life-threaten-
ing bleeding and render hemorrhage control.
We give a thumbs up to Wainwright for his
heroic desire to help and his quick thinking.
His actions prove that everyday people can
make a huge impact.
When Don Bush retired from his
position as a federal magistrate judge
in Texas, he didn’t have dreams of bingo nights
and beach vacations. Instead, the 70-year-old
set his sights on helping others and became
By day, Bush would hear cases and by night,
he would attend paramedic training courses.
He was so focused on school that he would
create thorough study guides for his class-
mates and host study parties where everyone
would quiz one another. Out of 40 students
who started the course, only 16 graduated, and
Bush became the oldest person to ever com-
plete the training. He was also valedictorian.
On top of that, one classmate claimed he was
in better shape than most of his colleagues.
Although Bush has always showed com-
passion toward defendants in court, his med-
ical training encouraged him to ask about the
prisoners’ health to make sure they were get-
ting the attention and treatment they needed.
He was even able to rule more intelligently on
requests to delay cases for medical reasons.
Now, Bush works for Texas Star Ambulance providing critical care transport, and
for QuestCare Clinic, a nonprofit urgent care
clinic that offers free medical treatment to
We give a thumbs up to Bush for leading as
an example of selflessness and kindness, and to
prove you’re never too old to help others. JEMS
Every year, Rockford Fire Local 413 in Illinois raises money for
cancer, a common health concern in the fire service. So when
District Chief Dan Zaccard was diagnosed with tonsil cancer, his colleagues were eager to help out. T-shirts featuring Zaccard’s ID number were sold, raising more than $1,700. But Zaccard refused to accept
the gift, instead wanting to help out head and neck cancer patients at
nearby hospital SwedishAmerican.
Though Zaccard is now cancer-free thanks to radiation treatment, he
remembered the extreme difficulty he had trying to eat and swallow with
his tonsil cancer. This inspired him to use the money to buy cases of the
nutritional shake Ensure to be delivered to the hospital’s cancer patients.
Drinks like Ensure aren’t covered by insurance even though they can be
a critical tool in staying healthy and nourished during cancer treatment.
Zaccard has already delivered 50 cases of the drink to the hospital,
and he plans to purchase even more. He says this type of outreach is
particularly rewarding because of its large scope.
“We get to touch a lot of people with the Ensure fundraiser, as opposed
to just one person or one family,” Zaccard said. He plans to continue
fundraising for this cause each year.
“We’ll keep doing it until there isn’t a need,” Zaccard said.
We give a thumbs up to Zaccard and Rockford Fire Local 413 for
stepping up to improve the health and happiness of their community.
Pictured, from left, Wayne Schoville, Local 413 union secretary; SwedishAmerican
7th Floor Nurse Manager Christine Shike; Dan’s wife and SwedishAmerican oncology nurse Kelsie Whitehouse-Zaccard and Rockford Fire District Chief Dan Zaccard.
Photo courtesy SwedishAmerican