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101st FA Medic provides care at car accident 
 
Medicprovides care to and Afghan man 

KABUL Pfc. Gary Reagan, a medic with the 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment, Massachusetts National Guard, renders aid to a local man injured in a car accident here, March 24, 2010. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Douglas Richardson)

By Army 2nd Lt. Jordan A. Breau, 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment   

KABUL-Negotiating the busy streets of Kabul city can be a challenge to the most experienced of drivers.  In a city that lacks proper driving rules, training and precautions, vehicle accidents are bound to happen. 

One of the police mentoring teams from the 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment was on their way to meet with the local Afghan National Police force when they noticed a red Toyota, packed with passengers swerving out of control.  After being run off the road by another vehicle, the Toyota and veered sharply to avoid hitting a child that was walking down the busy street.  In the effort to avoid hitting the child the vehicle struck a concrete pillar alongside the roadway.

The police mentorship team from the 101st responded immediately to the accident.  They secured the scene and Pfc. Gary Reagan, a Medic, ran to the crash with his interpreter. 

Reagan surveyed the damaged vehicle for injuries and identified three of the six passengers were injured. He quickly began providing medical aid to those inside the crumpled vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle sustained a broken wrist and another passenger sustained a broken nose and head wounds.

The medic applied the skills he acquired in school and from the hours of training he had received from his medical platoon sergeant, Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Rebello, to properly assesses and treats the wounds.

Reagan began treating the wounded wrist immediately, resetting and wrapping it, then he continued on to treat the broken nose.  A small crowd of locals watched attentively watched as Reagan continued to provide medical treatment.

“It felt great to use the training and skills I have learned to help out the Afghan people.  I really felt I had made a difference today,” said Reagan. “We are here to help make this a more secure and stable environment.  By providing basic aid, it’s the first step in winning over the people and gaining their respect.” 

The small crowd grew into a full spectacle as Reagan finished treating the injuries. 

Through his interpreter, Reagan advised his patients to immediately go to the nearest hospital and receive further medical attention.  The patients expressed their thanks for receiving treatment. 

Having provided emergency assistance, Reagan and the other members of the mentorship team got back into their vehicles and continued their mission.         

4/5/2010