Editor's note: The following story is the second half the first part of a series on emergency responders in Young County.
All emergency dispatch communication for Young County goes through a two-man office at the Sheriff's department, and Chief Sheriff's deputy B.J. Cook was the first on scene at the severe accident that happened around 9:10 a.m. on March 26 out on Highway 209.
Cook's first job was to secure the road so that responders didn't have to worry about traffic.
Around the same time, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers were dispatched from Jacksboro. Air Evac 115, an air ambulance based out of Mineral Wells, was put in the air by dispatch and told to fly to the west end of the county.
It took Engine 1 of Graham Fire Rescue approximately 22 minutes to respond, and they arrived on the scene shortly after the ambulance dispatched from Graham Regional Medical Center, Medic 1. They found a car had careened off the rain-soaked highway through a fence and into a pasture.
A scene assessment informed the firefighters that there was no threat of fire.
EMTs worked to stabilize the victim and decided that the heavily damaged driver side of the vehicle needed to be cut open for the subject to be removed.
GFD firefighter Cale Cutburth was able to get the door open in three cuts with the jaws of life and the victim was pulled onto a backboard.
“This guy, when we were moving him out of the car, he had a bad injury to his leg. There was blood in the vehicle, airbags did deploy. When we were bringing him out, he was screaming bloody murder,” said Graham Fire Captain Greg Speck. “Part of our job is that we have to get them out of the vehicle or we can't help them.”
EMTs moved the man into the ambulance in the pasture near his wrecked vehicle and began stabilizing him for the helicopter. Captain Speck was then charged with getting the air ambulance direct coordinates to the scene to establish a landing zone.
Tick tock. Tick tock.
Read the entire story in Saturday's Graham Leader.