Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

Bristol Mayor Praises Quick-Acting Soldiers

Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

Bristol Mayor Praises Quick-Acting Soldiers

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BRISTOL, Conn. - Eight Soldiers from the 368th Engineer Battalion were at the right place at the right time, putting their training into action at the aid of an auto accident victim. For their quick response and bravery, the Londonderry, N.H.-based Soldiers were lauded by Bristol Mayor Arthur J. Ward with a proclamation and a key to the city on Nov. 4, 2009.

On May 24, the Soldiers were in Bristol for the city's Memorial Day celebration being held that weekend. They were enjoying themselves as special guests of the American Legion when they heard the crash. The victim lost control of her car during slick road conditions when she was cut off by another vehicle. Her vehicle flipped several times and hit a telephone pole.

Spc. Natasha Cunningham, an Army Reserve firefighter with the 468th Engineer Company, Danvers, Mass., saw smoke coming out of the flipped car and quickly called her fellow Soldiers for help. They had to act quickly, because telephone wires had landed on the car.

Sgt. James McLaughlin, a team chief with the 339th Engineer Detachment, Danvers, Mass., and a firefighter in the Boston area, immediately assessed the situation.

T first needed to make sure the woman was not severely injured, so I yelled 'nobody touches her/ just in case she had suffered any spinal injuries," said McLaughlin. Once he was sure she was in stable condition and that her injuries were not life-threatening or causing any damage, McLaughlin and his fellow Soldiers pried the car doors open to remove her from the car. …

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