I am writing to let you know that the ASM training I took paid off last evening. I am just now coming down from the adrenalin rush I experienced. My wife Mary Ann and I were taking the back way from the Shops of Havasu and watched as a vehicle ahead of us pulled to the side of the lightly traveled road. We found the reason that he stopped was a downed scooter rider, and the first person there was already on the phone with 911. The rider had lost control some time before we arrived. He was unconscious and much of the blood had already coagulated. He looked to be in pretty bad shape, but surprisingly regained consciousness shortly after I started attending to him. It was hard to keep him calm and keep him from getting up. He had not been wearing a helmet and he landed face first in rocks, so after the paramedics checked him out they confirmed my suspicions; possible broken neck, possible concussion, broken collarbone and ribs. He also fractured his left leg.
There was a humorous part of the encounter. While the injured rider was trying to get up, I noticed he was wearing a military field jacket. I asked him if he served in the armed forces and he looked at me like “what the heck are you asking me that for”? I told him that evidently he was Military at one time and that he should know how to follow orders. With that being said I loudly told him, “KEEP YOUR ASS DOWN TROOP, THAT’S AN ORDER!” It worked! I’m telling you this story to thank you for encouraging me to take the ASM classes, and that because of my training, the time I spent paid off in SPADES. Thank you again to Chris Hawver and Karen Padilla for encouraging me and teaching the courses.
Duane L. Meyer, MN
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