It’s about being in the right place at the right time.
Members of the Edmonton Huskies junior football team sprang into action Sunday night when their bus fell at the scene of a motorcycle crash in Saskatchewan.
The motorcycle collided with a deer just before 6:00 p.m. CST, about four kilometers east of Borden on Highway 16, according to local fire department.
“When we pulled up it looked a bit chaotic – there were already people trying to help,” Huskies general manager Jason Lorrimer told Global News on Monday.
“(We have) 40 strong guys who can move whatever we need and I have trainers to deal with trauma.”
Lorrimer said he asked his athletic therapists if they could help out at the scene, “And they said ‘absolutely’.”
The team had just settled in for the five-hour drive to the Yellowhead after losing 33-31 to the Saskatoon Hilltops in the Prairie Football Conference semifinals.
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Sheldon McNabb, a Huskies defensive back, said a number of players had just started playing video games when they stumbled across the stage.
“I saw the coaches coming out,” McNabb said, adding that he was studying to be a paramedic and had some internship experience.
“I thought that by going to school for that, (I would try to) help in any way I could,” he said, adding that he grabbed blankets to keep the victim warm. . “He was grateful. “
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Huskies athletic therapist Randy Kuefler said when he first approached the victim, he told him what training he had and that he would like to help – something everyone with first aid training are supposed to do.
“We just wanted them to be taken care of,” he said.
“We arrived just at the right time.
Kuefler said when the firefighters arrived they asked that he stay with them until a STARS air ambulance helicopter arrives transport the victim to hospital by plane.
“It’s really good to have other qualified medics,” said Jamie Brandrick, Borden fire and rescue captain. “I asked them if they would stay.
“It helps us. The person was calm, it makes it easier for us to do our job.
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Brandrick said having more people trained in first aid on site helps roll a victim onto their back to avoid spinal cord trauma or further damage.
“Fortunately, the injuries aren’t that bad,” the firefighter said, noting that the trained members of the Huskies could have helped with CPR had the victim not been breathing.
“Seconds are precious to save a life. “
McNabb said he had wondered in the past if he really wanted to become a paramedic, but Sunday’s events gave him more to think about.
“It might be a little sign that I have to keep going and take this route,” he said. “It puts into perspective that we are more than just a team.
“We did what anybody would do… (but) it really reinforces that team and family aspect that the Huskies have, and it’s nice.
“I’m just glad we were there when we were there to help him.”
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