BEAUFORT MARINE AWARDED FOR LIFE-SAVING ACTIONS

BEAUFORT MARINE AWARDED FOR LIFE-SAVING ACTIONS

Sgt. Samantha Alexander, Distribution Management Office freight noncommissioned officer in charge aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal on Nov. 13 for saving the life of a local teenager April 25, 2019.

She was driving home with her daughter and as she turned into her neighborhood the car ahead of her slammed on the breaks and swerved, hitting two boys on their bicycles.

Alexander pulled safely off the road, and began to approach the scene. As she was getting closer, she noticed that the woman who had hit the two boys was standing over them screaming frantically, “I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry!” Another gentleman ran to attend to one of the boys, so Alexander helped the other.

“While I started talking to the (boy), I asked him his name, how old he was and I told him who I was. He said he had just got released from high school, and they were riding their bikes home.”

As she talked to the boy, she examined his body for trauma.
“I noticed that he had blood on his pants and they were torn. I (moved) the sweatpants, and could see bone and fatty tissue. I pulled off my belt and I tied it as far above the laceration as possible.”

 

Alexander kept telling the boy to brace for the pain, but due to the traumatic leg injury he couldn’t feel his leg.

“Once I got it tightened down as much as I could, I locked it in place and sat there talking to him.”

Despite seeing tunnel vision, and having spiked adrenaline, Alexander remained calm for the boy until emergency services arrived.

Shortly after EMS arrived, the boys were taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital where the 15-year-old was immediately medevacked to Savannah. The doctors confirmed that it was an arterial bleed, and Alexander’s quick reaction to stop the bleeding saved his life.

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8 comments


  • TRA

    Out standing job Marine. One of the best. “Earned Never Given”.
    SemperFi.


  • James Kanavy

    Well Done, Marine


  • BOB SUMNER

    GRET JOB!!!!!!


  • Jack Miller Jr

    I’m so glad she was there to save his life. God has a way of putting the right people in the right positions at critical times.


  • raymond edwards

    OUTSTANDING job Sergeant Alexander, you are an inspiration to our Corps.
    Raymond Edwards Sgt Maj USMC Ret 1966-1996


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