Firefighter Ryan Szach

2015 Honorable Mention

On February 16th, 2015, on Highway 77 near Dripping Springs, off-duty firefighter, Ryan Szach, was traveling home with his fiancée from the White Mountains when they witnessed a motorcycle crash. The rider of the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet and had sustained major trauma from the accident.

With the assistance of a first aid kit from a road crew, help from a doctor and a DPS officer who had also stopped to help, they were able to: maintain an airway, control the bleeding, and splint possible fractures while taking C-spine precautions. Along with stabilizing the rider, they were able to contact dispatch to launch a helicopter due to the immense trauma he had obtained.

They continued to assist by helping firefighters with the patient and waiting for the helicopter to arrive. Thanks to heroes Ryan Szach and others, they were able to get this motorcyclist the help he needed while the other first responders were on their way.

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