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    Green Berets save German lives

    Green Berets save German lives

    Courtesy Photo | U.S. Army Special Operations Forces Soldiers assigned to 10th Special Forces Group...... read more read more

    STUTTGART, Germany - If someone collapsed in front of you, how would you react? Would you know what to do? What if someone were having a heart attack?

    The American Heart Association states that in 2017 only 46% of individuals who experienced an episode of cardiac arrest received assistance from a bystander. A person’s ability to act quickly when a situation arises can be the difference between life and death.

    For those U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) here on Panzer Kaserne, these split second decisions are not limited to the battlefield.

    When a 56 year-old local German collapsed December 11 while entering the food court at Patch Barracks, Vaihingen, two senior SOF enlisted soldiers and a civilian first responder came to the woman’s aid.

    The woman had no pulse so they performed CPR. In addition to CPR, it became necessary to use defibrillation. They delivered two shocks, continued CPR, and the woman’s pulse returned. After a few intense moments she regained responsiveness and the soldiers passed care over to German Emergency Medical Services.

    Earlier this fall, another 10th SFG (A) Soldier was out for a drive near Panzer when he came upon a group of people standing around a woman lying on the ground, not moving. Without hesitation he stopped his car and got out.

    Like many of the U.S. military stationed here, the Soldier had both the experience and training necessary to respond to the situation. He quickly determined the woman was not breathing, then proceeded to perform CPR until she began breathing and became responsive.

    “I felt it was the right thing to do,” said the Special Forces Soldier. “The language barrier made it hard to determine exactly what was going on.”
    In summer 2017, another Special Forces Soldier stepped in during an obstacle race when he saw a German man collapse shortly into the race.

    “I was conducting a 10k obstacle race near Schwabisch Hall with my children,” explained the Soldier. “I felt it was my obligation to help others in need.”

    The Green Beret quickly took charge of the situation. With years of military medical experience and training, the Soldier led a team of five German responders through CPR for 30 minutes until a medical helicopter arrived on scene to evacuate. The Soldier then handed over care to the German flight doctor.

    The German citizen survived his ordeal. After a full recovery, the two were able to meet this past October.

    "Like all Soldiers, our Special Operators are highly trained and ready to respond in times of need-whether that is deployed forward in service to their nation, or here within the Stuttgart community alongside our Deutschen Nachbaren,“ said the Battalion Command Sergeant Major. "Germany is our home and we're proud to be a part of this community."



    Date Taken: 12.01.2018
    Date Posted: 01.03.2019 05:34
    Story ID: 306132
    Location: STUTTGART, DE 

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