Off-duty DC firefighter credited for saving woman’s life

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PRINCE GEORGE’S CO., MD — The DC Fire and EMS is praising an off-duty firefighter for his quick thinking which saved a woman’s life in Prince George’s County last week.

Firefighter Jeff Beach of Truck Company 11 was driving home when he came across a wreck on Martin Luther King Highway and Lottsford Vista Road in Lanham on May 9. (Source DC Fire and EMS)

The department says, Firefighter Jeff Beach, of Truck Company 11, was heading home on Tuesday, May 9, around 10:30 p.m., when he approached a crash at the Luther King Highway and Lottsford Vista Road in Lanham.

He got out of his car and found a driver trapped inside her car, that’s when he jumped into action by calling 911 and getting inside the car to evaluate the driver. The firefighter noticed that the driver had an extensive injury, the department, called it a partial amputation of her left arm near the elbow.  The firefighter removed his belt and sued it as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding from her arm. First responders say that action saved the driver’s life.

Once units arrived, the firefighter briefed them on the number of patients and conditions. Crews used rescue tools to pull out the driver of the overturned vehicle and flown to a trauma center.

No word on charges in this crash or the current condition of the driver in the overturned car.