In the Nick of Time
On Monday, May 5, FedEx Express courier Justin Gordon was delivering packages in a rural area outside of Montgomery, Alabama. As he pulled up to a home set several miles apart from all neighbors, the home owner ran around quickly from the side of his house. Justin was initially startled, but then realized the customer was terribly injured.
Most of the man’s arm was completely severed and he was bleeding profusely. According to Justin, the homeowner said a blade had flown off a saw. He was able to provide his wife’s cell phone number. Justin immediately called the paramedics, who said it would be more than 20 minutes before they could arrive to the remote location.
Justin retrieved plastic bags from his delivery vehicle and used them as a tight tourniquet to slow the blood loss. Even so, within moments of the emergency call, the homeowner passed out from blood loss.
Justin stayed by the man’s side while waiting for the ambulance, and sent messages to the gentleman’s wife. The paramedics credit Justin’s quick and calm thinking for saving a life.
“I knew this was a life-threatening situation, so I just did what anyone else would do,” Justin said. “I’m just thankful that I was in the right place at that particular moment. This area doesn’t see much traffic and there was no one else for miles around.”
Later in the afternoon, Justin heard from the customer’s wife. She thanked him for his life-saving assistance and reported that her husband would survive his devastating wound.
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