UPDATE: Kentucky Guardsmen respond to emergencies and save lives

Dec. 21, 2009 | By kentuckyguard
Operating in portions of Letcher and Leslie Counties in eastern Kentucky, Soldiers of the 617th Military Police Co. have responded to several emergency situations and have even helped save a life. While out on route clearance missions to ensure open roadways, Soldiers arrived at an area that required the removal of fallen trees.  The teams noticed an elderly gentlemen who was very cold and was having trouble breathing.  It appeared that the elderly gentleman had gotten out of his car to try and move the trees when he suffered health issues. The soldiers took the gentleman and placed him inside their "Humvee" and called EMS. The soldiers evacuated the gentlemen from the mountainous area to a location where EMS could meet them to transport the gentleman to local hospital. UPDATED: Soldiers from the 617th MP Co. arrived on a vehicle accident scene at roughly 2:30 pm, Dec. 20, where Hyden, Ky. EMS was responding to a vehicle roll-over.  The vehicle's driver appeared to have shoulder injuries and was suffering chest pains.  Sgt. Daniel Lees, Spec. John Foddrill, Spec. Shawn Murphy, and Pvt. 1st Class Christopher Stinnett assisted Hyden EMS in extracting the vehicle's driver and helped carry him to a waiting ambulance. UPDATED: At about 5:00 pm, Dec. 20, Soldiers from the 1st Platoon, 617th MP Co. came upon Stinnett, Ky. Volunteer Fire Department responding to a vehicle fire.  Sgt. Shannon Downing and Spec. Nathan Catron assisted the Stinnett VFD by helping throw snow on the fire.  A short while later, Spec. Natalie Hughes, Pvt. 1st Class Jarrod Fisher and Pvt. 1st Class Amber Hines arrived in a separate vehicle and used their vehicle's fire extinguisher to put out the fire. No injuries were suffered by either civilians or Soldiers and the truck's owner drove vehicle away from the incident. NOTE: These stories are still developing.  More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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