Calif. EMS Crew Recognized for Rescuing Driver from Burning Vehicle
July 11—Three Paramedics Plus, Alameda County medics received recognition for their brave acts back in May. On May 15, paramedics Henry Nguyen and John Pita and EMT Carlos Hawkins were returning from an operation in Oakland, California to their deployment center at the end of their shift when they came across a vehicle collision with an occupant in a vehicle that was rapidly being engulfed in fire.
Arriving ahead of other first responders, the crew quickly assessed the scene, attempted to extinguish the flames with their own vehicle fire extinguisher and then successfully extricated the driver as the vehicle was becoming fully engulfed in flames. The quick and selfless act of the crew undoubtedly saved the life of the occupant and demonstrated their commitment to public service and the willingness to place themselves in harm’s way to save another human being.
Paramedics Plus California COO Rob Lawrence said, "Their actions that day undoubtedly saved a life and it was very nice of our local EMS authority to give them the recognition for a task bravely performed."
At the Paramedics Plus, San Leandro HQ on July 11, Alameda County EMS Director Travis Kusman presented Henry, John and Carlos with letters of commendation for their selfless deed.
Pictured: Paramedics Plus COO Rob Lawrence and County EMS Director Travis Kusman pose with Henry, John and Carlos.