☷Puerto Rico Air National Guard Major Helps Save a Life
National Guard ( By Press Release office)
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MUÑIZ AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE , Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico Air National Guard Maj . Jesuan Aviles , the wing plans officer with the 156th Wing , helped save the life of a cyclist while on leave in Fort Pierce , Florida . As he was driving back from the beach with his family , Aviles witnessed a man on an electric bicycle fall and injure his head as he veered to avoid a lamppost . Aviles stopped the car and yelled for neighbors to help . “I stopped immediately because I was the one closest . I got out of the car , dialed 911 , tried to yell at the neighbor that lives there in front of the house where he fell to bring some towels or blankets , ” said Aviles . “Just anything to try to stop the bleeding because the guy was unconscious . ”The man was bleeding profusely from a gash on the side of the head . While communicating with 911 , the man drifted in and out of consciousness . Aviles tried to keep the man still and applied pressure to his injury until first responders arrived . The man spent about a week unconscious in the hospital but recovered . He and his family called Aviles to express their gratitude . “The police department called me because they registered my phone number when I called 911 , and they wanted to thank me for helping the guy out because he had been in pretty bad shape , ” said Aviles . “He and his family wanted to thank me because they were extremely grateful . ”Aviles said that although those few moments seemed to linger for hours , he felt calm after years of training for such a situation . “It was gratifying . I was able to help this guy out in his time of need . It was something that came second nature when I was trying to help him , ” said Aviles . “The skills that were taught here helped out tremendously in applying the first few steps that needed to happen . ”Aviles advised cyclists to wear their helmets . He also encouraged other service members to use their training when dealing with similar real - life scenarios . “Just don’t be afraid to react . You’re taught certain skills . Don’t be afraid to use them even when you might not deem them necessary , especially to help someone else out , ” said Aviles . “At the end of the day , it will just make you feel better to help someone out . ”
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