Mankato Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol

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Sunday, 16 November 2008 00:00
Captain Nash Pherson, thanked by rescue personnel.
A Mankato Composite Squadron member is being praised by emergency service providers for his quick actions following a car versus bicycle accident along a busy Twin Cities' highway.

Captain Nash Pherson was stopped at a signal light along US Highway 169 in Champlin, Minn., on 6 November 2008, when he noticed what he thought was debris laying on the other side of the intersection.

"A man was moving debris from my lane when he picked up a bicycle," Pherson said. "I then realized there was a victim lying prone and not moving in the thin space between the turn lane and the highway." Pherson called 911 and reported the accident.

While still on the phone, Pherson activated his vehicle's hazard lights and proceeded through a red light and into the busy intersection. He parked his vehicle as far back from the victim as possible and angled the car and turned the wheels towards the side of the road in case it was struck from behind.

Luckily, Pherson had his search and rescue equipment in the car after working the previous weekend with the Civil Air Patrol in the search for a missing man near Marshall, Minn.

Grabbing his reflective vest and medical kit, he approached the victim. Another motorist and the driver of the car that struck the bicycle rider were now present.

Pherson asked the victim his name and to lay his head down on his medical bag, hoping to stabilize the boy's neck and back.

Pherson explains: "The victim was moaning and crying, and it was obviously causing him too much pain to try to lay down. I took hold of his head to try to maintain his c-spine while he was sitting up. I then glanced at the vehicle and saw extensive damage to the glass. I quickly brushed through the victim's hair to look for bleeding and didn't see any. I asked the victim where he was hurting. He said his legs hurt and I noticed he was clutching his abdomen. I looked him over for any serious bleeding, but did not see any.

"I then asked him how old he was, and he responded '14', then '13', then 'I don't know.' I then began to feel the back of the victim's head. It felt soft and misshapen. The victim kept trying to move around, and could not comply with instructions to hold still. I stopped trying to hold his head at this point, as I was worried about doing more damage than good. I positioned myself alongside the victim so that I could hold his upper torso over my body if he started seizing, and I continued to comfort him."

The distraught driver was not injured and stated he had not seen the victim until he actually hit him. The driver also stated that he wanted to move his car to let traffic through.

"Even with the reflective vest on and my car blocking us, I was incredibly scared of a secondary accident. It was rush hour with high traffic, the roads were very wet, rain was reducing visibility, and it was dark," Pherson said. He told the man not to move his vehicle.

In what seemed like an eternity to Pherson, the first police officer arrived at the scene shortly after the accident. Pherson briefed the officer with what he had done to assess the situation and stabilize the victim while other officers and an ambulance arrived at the scene.

Champlin Police Officer Nick Englund thanked Pherson for stopping to provide help.

"Captain Pherson was very helpful at the scene. He provided first aid until we arrived and then provided helpful information to supplement our report. We appreciated the help. All too often people in need are passed by. Captain Pherson is a great example of the good Samaritans that are our there. Please thank him once again for a job well done."

Minnesota Group 4 commander, Lt Col John Barsness, has known Pherson since he was a cadet.

"Captain Pherson has trained in many Emergency Services capacities and has always demonstrated cool response in tense situations," Barsness said.

Original story at CAP NHQ.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 November 2008 14:04 )

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