MILFORD, Mass. – A Massachusetts National Guardsman helped a motorist suffering from life-threatening injuries on Route 44 in Carver, Mass., Feb. 5, 2010.
Army Sgt. Kevin G. Maloney, Company D, 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry Regiment, Massachusetts Army National Guard used his Army Combat Lifesaver training to apply a tourniquet to a man’s severed leg.
Maloney was on his way home from work late that evening when he noticed some vehicles stopped on the side of the road and saw that a man was lying face down. Maloney pulled over, grabbed the first-aid bag he keeps in his car and ran to the scene. Maloney assessed the man’s injuries and began first aid. Maloney said, “Other people were trying to comfort him but I could see that he was bleeding a lot and started going in and out of consciousness.”
Realizing the man’s leg was partially amputated; Maloney, an Infantrymen remembered his training and quickly applied a tourniquet to prevent him from bleeding to death. Maloney said, “When I saw his leg and realized what was happening, I knew I would need to use a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.”
A state trooper, who was not on duty, stopped to help and told Maloney he called an ambulance, while waiting for help to arrive, Maloney and the trooper, gathered as much information as they could to make it easier for first responders to care for him.
When the ambulance arrived Maloney told the Emergency Medical Technicians how severe the man’s injuries were and helped them to quickly stabilize him for transport. The man’s injuries were so severe that EMTs drove him to a field down the road so he could be picked up by a helicopter and taken to a Boston hospital.
Maloney has been in the Massachusetts National Guard for 16 years and has deployed to Egypt and Kosovo. He became certified as an EMT while stationed in Kosovo and discovered some differences between his civilian and military medical training. Maloney said, “Outside of the military I have not seen tourniquets widely used.”
Since the accident Maloney learned that the man’s condition had improved. Maloney said, “I was happy that myself and the other people at the scene were able to help. Thankfully we all came together and although he lost his leg, it’s great to hear that he is doing ok.”
When Maloney’s commander, Lt. Col. Arthur M. Elbthal, 182nd Infantry Battalion, Massachusetts Army National Guard learned of the incident he said, "Sgt. Maloney is a very strong noncommissioned officer. He has demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism and competence time and again, and we are very proud to call him our own.”
Sgt. Michael Popovics, Massachusetts State Police said, “The state police appreciate the quick action taken by Sergeant Maloney. His efforts likely prevented the victim from suffering more serious, and possibly even fatal, injury."
The cause of the accident is under investigation and any information about the case can be reported to the Massachusetts State Police at 781-659-7911.