Dear Governor Bush
On March 23rd of this year, my husband was travelling from our home in Holiday to a regular meeting with one of his customers in Palm Bay (Intersil). Just east of Lakeland, a woman driving an SUV westbound lost control and came airborne across the median and landed on my husband's car. He was critically injured and trapped in the car for some time before being airlifted to ORMC trauma center. Despite his many life-threatening injuries, his recovery has been miraculous and he has just started to learn to walk again and is back to work part-time. Needless to say, these last seven months have been strenuous. We owe so many people for all they have done for us: from the talented surgeons and nurses at the trauma unit, the people of the Hubbard House in Orlando that helped take care of me while he was in the hospital, to the staff of the Tampa General Hosp Rehab Center. Most of all, we are gratfeul to those first-responders that kept him alive in that critical time just after the accident. I grew up in an extended family of police and fireman (my father was a fire dept lieut in Philadelphia) and have always had a deep appreciation for the difficult job they do. When it hits so close to home, the feeling is even more intense. I know that those individuals can not accept gifts and no words from us could ever express how truly blessed we are to have had them on the scene. We are hoping and praying that you can help by formally recognizing these individuals for the quick, unthinking, perfect response that kept my husband here with our families. The first responders were:
Trooper Nowlings of the Tampa barracks Polk County Fire/Rescue Paramedic Krispin Anderson Polk County Fire/Rescue EMT Greg Narper from Station 25 Trooper Jones from Tampa barracks
As I understand it, the two fire/rescue responders crawled into my husband's crushed car, opened his airway and kept him alive while waiting for the 'jaws of life' and the helicopter. Trooper Nowlins was first on the scene, reconized the seriousness of the situation and stood on the roof of the car, handing equipment inside to the medical team. Trooper Jones was on scene coordinating the effort
Please help us to recognize the important work of these individuals. Their comrades would also be recognized simply by having more people aware of what vital work they do. Their ability to assess and respond almost automatically saves lives every day.
Thank you for your consideration of our request.
Margi Sirois and Dan Fess