Local public safety professionals were recognized for heroic efforts that saved the life of a man trapped in his vehicle. Members of the Sugar Land Fire and Police Departments and Fort Bend County EMS extricated an unconscious man with a severe head wound and fractures on Oct. 25, 2009.
Their actions helped saved the man’s life and earned recognition from Sugar Land City Council and a Gold Pin Award from Holmatro USA, a company that designs and manufactures hydraulic life-saving tools. The first to respond to the accident involving an 18-wheeler and a pickup truck was Sugar Land Police Officer Daniel Boykin, who crawled inside the passenger vehicle to check on the trapped driver. Boykin stabilized the man’s head and neck until fire and EMS arrived.
“The driver was trapped, unconscious, had severe bleeding from the head, obvious fractures, and did not respond to any stimulus,” said Sugar Land Fire Capt. Tom Anderson, who nominated the group for recognition. Due to the precarious position the truck, firefighters worked together to stabilize the vehicle, while others attempted to remove the roof of the truck while perched atop a ladder extended from a fire truck. Using a variety of extrication tools, the first-responders were able to safely remove the trapped man. The driver was transported by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center where he was later listed in stable condition.
Pictured (L-R) during a recognition ceremony at Sugar Land City Hall are Fort Bend EMS Lt. Ron Dille, Fort Bend EMS paramedic Jessica Richmond and Fort Bend EMS paramedic Tamma Blair; SLFD firefighters Robert Danford, Randy Bayes and Donnie Tomlinson; SLFD Fire Chief Adame; SLFD firefighter Jeremy Brown; Mayor James Thompson; Sugar Land police officer Daniel Boykin; SLFD Battalion Chief Javier Crespo; and SLFD Lt. Craig Swinghammer.