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A Lusby man who is part of a wildland firefighting crew helped save the life of an unresponsive motorist July 3 while on a 14-day assignment in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in northwestern Virginia.
Eric F. Peterson, an Anne Arundel County Fire Department paramedic from Lusby, and four other members of a 20-person Department of Natural Resources wildland firefighting crew were returning back to their base camp following a full day of firefighting when they came across a non-responsive woman lying on the road near a smoking car, according to a DNR press release.
The crew’s paramedics and emergency medical technicians administered medication to restore her breathing while other members extinguished the vehicle fire and provided traffic control and scene security, the release states. The woman was later taken by ambulance to the local hospital for further evaluation and treatment.
“The heroic actions of this group in rendering emergency medical assistance aid and fighting this wildland fire are highly commendable,” Steven W. Koehn, DNR Forestry Unit director, said in a written statement.
“According to the information we received from the local hospital emergency room following the incident, the woman would not have lived without the emergency medical assistance the crew provided,” Mark Beals, DNR Forest Service crew boss, said in a statement in the press release.
Following the roadside emergency incident, the crew continued to fight wildfires in the steep and rugged landscape for 10 more days in oppressive heat, the release states.