July 2017

Sam's Training Saves a Life                       
Sam Bathon was having a great day.

He had recently graduated from the Emergency Medical Technician program at Hillsborough Community College and was in his third week working for the Crisis Center's TransCare Medical Transportation. He had just completed his very first 12-hour shift as an EMT and was ready to relax after a hard day's work.

Everything changed when he reached the intersection of Kennedy Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa.

A serious two car accident had just happened. EMS was not yet on the scene.

Still in his TransCare uniform, Sam jumped from his car and ran to the accident. One driver had minor injuries. The other driver hadn't been wearing a seat belt, was thrown to the passenger side and was unconscious.

Sam was joined by an off-duty firefighter and a Navy medic. They quickly assessed the unconscious driver, saw he had stopped breathing, and made the decision to pull him from the vehicle so they could perform CPR.

The driver had no pulse. Sam and the firefighter took turns doing chest compressions and finally detected a weak pulse just as a Tampa Fire Rescue and a TransCare unit arrived on the scene to help stabilize the driver and rush him to the hospital.

Sam's story is inspirational, but it isn't unique at the Crisis Center. He and his co-workers are using their talents and expertise every day to save lives and help people through crisis.