Rodriguez is a high school senior studying a health science program and training as a first responder. When she was on her way to do her Sunday ride-along with the Hialeah fire crew, however, she came across an accident. Consequently, she got out of her car and approached a man who was lying at the side of the road.
As she approached the man, Rodriguez began to realize the horrific nature of his injuries. In fact, his legs were severely wounded and he was bleeding heavily. Thankfully, with three years of health science training and two years’ practical experience riding with firefighters, Rodriguez knew exactly what to do.
“I knew I had to stop,” Rodriguez explained to CBS Miami. “I was in uniform and when I saw him I put on my gloves and checked his level of responsiveness. He was okay, but he was not talking back to me. He was in obvious shock because of what happened and he was not screaming in pain.”