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Schriever Airmen assist injured motorcyclist

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE,Colo. --

 

A pair of Schriever Airmen aided an injured motorcyclist following an accident in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 1. 

Master Sgt. Matthew Lofton, 2nd Space Operations Squadron operations superintendent, and his wife were driving south on Tutt Boulevard when they witnessed the accident near the intersection with North Carefree Circle. 

“The motorcycle went into the turn lane . . . a vehicle got over to turn from the opposite direction sooner than they should have, saw the bike, pulled out of the turn lane and then went back into the turn lane,” he said. “The gentleman on the motorcycle reacted. He lost traction on the rear end and went end-over-end and was pinned under the bike.” 

Lofton’s wife pulled the car over and he got out to provide assistance. 

“His leg was caught underneath the bike and he couldn’t sit up enough to push the bike off of him, nor could he pull his leg out from under it,” Lofton said. 

Second Lt. Jessica Trundy, 4th Space Operations Squadron executive officer, had heard the accident from a nearby parking lot and arrived on scene as Lofton was assessing the rider’s injuries.

“He had a pretty decent-sized wound on his leg,” Trundy said. 

Lofton added the rider had to be convinced of the severity of the injury to his leg.

“I had to calm him down because he immediately jumped up and said, ‘I’m OK, I’m OK,’” Lofton said. “He grabbed his bike and was hobbling off on what looked like a fractured leg. He thought he was just going to walk it off. Underneath the knee cap, you could see straight through and you could see things that aren’t supposed to be on the outside.” 

Once they were convinced the rider had not suffered any head or spinal injuries, they assisted him to a gas station parking lot. The Airmen then went back and moved the damaged motorcycle out of the street to prevent additional traffic incidents. 

“The bike was pretty tore up. The clutch was destroyed and both sides of the tank were dented and scratched up,” Lofton said. “It was leaking (fluid) when we got to it.” 

Lofton’s wife brought some ice from the gas station and Trundy retrieved some rags and towels to treat the rider’s wound. 

“I helped clean the wound and Master Sergeant Lofton applied pressure,” Trundy said. 

Trundy and Lofton remained with the rider until a friend arrived to take him to the hospital. 

“The biggest thing was just making sure he was safe and the situation was safe,” Lofton said. 

Lofton credited his Self-Aid Buddy Care training for allowing him to react so quickly to the situation. 

“I didn’t have to think,” he said. “That was really the nice part about it was you didn’t have to think, ‘What do I do, what do I do?’ Everything was bam, bam, bam reactive, which was what the young man needed.” 

The instinctive reaction brought on by his training allowed Lofton to remain calm throughout the incident, though he said he had to take a moment to assess the scene when he first exited his vehicle. 

“I actually stopped myself because I got out of the car and started to run,” he said. “I stopped as soon as I got in front of the car and said, ‘This is a live intersection.’” 

Neither Trundy nor Lofton have been in contact with the rider since the accident. 

50th Space Wing leadership encourages all Team Schriever members to practice safe riding habits while on motorcycles.

 


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