927th ARW Medic stabilizes boy struck by car

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  • By SRA Tiffany Emery
  • 927th ARW

Around 7:00p.m. on Nov. 6, 2020, Senior Airman Pamela Restrepo, an aeromedical evacuation technician with the 927th Air Refueling Wing, was driving home after a long day on Reserve Duty.  She had finished her technical training a year prior and that night her training kicked in when she saw something out of the ordinary.

“As I was driving down Bayshore Boulevard, it was dark and I saw a car on the side of the street in the grass.  I thought it was weird.  As I got closer, I saw a girl standing in the street and little boy on the ground lying in the middle of the street.  I parked my car, got out and ran over.  I introduced myself and told him I was a medic and proceeded to check him out,” said Restrepo.

At that point, Restrepo said that she instructed a bystander to call 911 and continued to ask the boy questions and do a full body assessment.  She found him to be in stable condition and continued to stabilize his spine until emergency responders arrived.

Later, Resptrepo said that she found out that the boy and his sister were attempting to cross Bayshore Blvd. in the crosswalk when he was struck by an oncoming car.  The sister was able to jump out of the way in time, but the younger boy didn’t have enough time to react.  

The paramedics said that he possibly had a fractured right arm and a concussion, told Resptrepo.

When asked how her military training prepared her for this situation, Restrepo replied, “Without my military training I definitely wouldn’t have known what to do.  I may have driven off with the mentality that someone else would have helped him.  But being a medic, I am on duty 24/7, it comes to use anytime, anyplace not just while I am at work.  If anything happens, it is second nature now to want to help.”

Captain Marc Hogan, the readiness officer in charge for the 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, said, “We here at the 45th AES are very proud of Senior Airman Restrepo and her selfless act on Nov 6, 2020. Her quick actions helped to stabilize the patient and get him medical care.  She possibly risked her own life in traffic to save someone she didn’t even know.  Our medics at the 45th AES are trained to administer patient care in adverse and stressful conditions. It is good to see this training is beneficial for service members and our community.”