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Ft. Sill soldier uses training in real-life car rescue

COMANCHE COUNTY, Okla._ A Fort Sill soldier is being hailed a hero tonight after witnessing a brutal car accident and rushing to the aid of the two people trapped inside the vehicle.

The accident happened on Highway 7, just east of Lawton, and the timing could not have been more perfect. The soldier, who saw the entire accident unfold, is a trained medic. He quickly ran from his car with all the supplies he needed to save lives.

"Right place, right time," says Pfc. Jeremy Nedd, a medic with the 214th FIRES Brigade. "I just happened to be able to give the lady first aid at the time that she needed it."

Nedd was driving down Highway 7 the morning of March 30 shortly after 9 a.m. when out of the corner of his eye he saw an SUV in mid-air before flipping several times.

"The first couple of minutes of any type of situation like that are the most important," says Nedd.

The vehicle, a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe, now sits mangled with shattered glass and blood-stained seats. After seeing the car tumble, Nedd quickly pulled over and grabbed his backpack full of supplies before running to the SUV with a grandmother and her 10-year-old grandson pinned inside.

"She had lost quite a bit of blood before I even got to her," says Nedd.

When using gauze pad after gauze pad seemed to fail, he knew the 50-year-old grandmother was losing blood too quickly and was forced to use skills he's only performed in practice exercises on post. He calmed the woman down and applied a tourniquet.

"I told her it's not going to feel good and it may hurt when I do it, but it's going to stop the bleeding."

Nedd waited with the grandmother and grandson, who suffered some bumps and bruises, for 15 crucial minutes for the paramedics to arrive on scene. He knows the injuries could have been worse and hero or not, he's happy he was there to do what he calls "just his job."

The commander of the 214th FIRES Brigade awarded Pfc. Nedd with an army commendation medal for stepping in and helping to save those two lives Monday afternoon. 

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