As the name implies, a first responder is the initial aid at the scene of an emergency. They arrive in the aftermath of a fire, natural disaster or accident and probably feel a bit of trepidation, unsure as to what they’ll find. And that was likely the case one tragic day in the northwestern United States in 2017.
On Sunday, June 18 that year, an emergency responder answered the call of duty and rushed to a car crash on Idaho’s Highway 30. But while such a call-out wasn’t out of the ordinary for this line of work, some of the events that followed the accident were rather unusual.
Amid the twisted metal and chaos at the scene, it all became too much for the first responder. So much so, in fact, that a pang in his heart quickly escalated to full-on cardiac arrest. As a result, the rescuer himself soon became the one who needed help to save his own life.