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T Cape Life 14 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2008 Cape Gazette B C Sussex paramedics finish third international competition Training pays off in Dead Sea region By Ron MacArthur Sussex County paramedics rode camels, fLxed a flat tire and conquered living in a foreign country during three days of an intense international emergency medical service competition. They survived and brought home a third-place trophy. "We were just as excited as if we won the whole thing," said team member Stu Hensley. The team of Hensley, Holly Donovan, Jill Wix and Robbie Murray competed Sept. 7-9 in the Magen David Adom (MDA) Olympics 2008, an international 40-team, 12-country competition in the Dead Sea region of Israel. Teams from Poland fmished first and Holland second in a competition that included 11 dif- ferent emergency scenarios. Teams were evaluated for treat- ment effectiveness, timeliness and teamwork. Hensley said the Sussex team's finish is even more remarkable because the international teams include not only paramedics but also physicians and nurses. "Poland's team had a physician and Holland's team had emer- gency nurses," he said. "So I think our showing speaks a lot about the training we get here in Sussex County. We are up to par with other countries. It says a lot." The team could not travel with its own equipment and arrived in Israel literally with the clothes on their back. "It was nothing we were familiar with," Hensley said. He said the competition was intense and by far the most impressive he has participated in. "It was far more realistic with many more scenarios," he said. "They also worked a lot about the history of Israel into the sce- narios." The competition ran from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. "We got to see a lot of the country and covered 350 kilometers on the second day," he said. He said his team agreed the most unusual scenario involved a call for an unconscious 1-year- old in a Bedouin village that was not accessible by ambulance. The only way to reach the village was by cameL So the Sussex County para- medics loaded up their equip- ment and rode camels about a quarter mile to the village. In another scenario, the team SUBMITTED PHOTOS AFTER COMPLETING AN OBSTACLE COURSE and a scenario involving an airplane on an airfield, the Sussex County paramedic team poses with the ambu- lance driver. They are (I-r) Stuart Hensley, Holly Donovan, driver Jacob Kasteil, Jill Wix and Robbie Murray. was judged on teamwork as it was hit with a flat tire and an Ob- stacle course and then had to construct a ramp for the ambu- lance. "We are thrilled beyond words with our team's performance and with the recognition that comes with having placed so highly in competition with our peers from around the world," said Glenn Luedtke, director of Sussex County Emergency Med- ical Services. As a man complains of chest pains, members of the Sussex County paramedic Sussex County paramedics not only assess a victim attacked by a tiger in a nature preserve, they have to deal with a distraught team move in to begin assessment as evaluators look on. wife who will not leave the scene. Paramedics are (I-r) Holly Donovan, Stuart Hensley and Jill Wix. Saltwater Portrait )) Nanticoke chief leads with optimism By Leah Hoenen hildhood always has its ups and downs, but" this one had some se- rious bumps - his fa- ther died when he was 5. His family's home burnt to the ground. His first two years of formal education were in the segregated Rabbit's Ferry schooL At 21, he lost his mother.. With his parents gone, what little attachment Larry Jackson had to his heritage was nearly lost. His parents were Nanti- coke only in private, never in public. It was only as an adult that he began to explore th rich her- Rage of his ancestors. Now, he leads the state's only recognized Native American tribe. The Milton resident took the reins of the 700-member-strong tribe in July. He is charging ahead, cog- nizant of the past and deter- mined to move into the future in the spirit of partnership and positivity. Emphasis on working with others cooperatively and foster- ing healthy relationships comes from Jackson's heart. A survivor of a pulmonary embolism and two blood dots, he is a born- again Christian who lives his faith each day. He is not a proselytizer, but says that he has been given a second chance at life and wants to use it to do all the good he can. With an optimistic outlook and a belief that good attitudes can produce good results, he's leading his tribe into the future and trying to help others as well. So far, he has logged more than 1,400 miles on his bicycle and participates in rides to raise money for diabetes, multiple sclerosis and the visually im- paired. He wants to further strength- en his tribe, which has had to Conlinued on ip 16 LEAH HOENEN PHOTO EMPHASIS ON WORKING WITH OTHERS cooperatively and fostering healthy •relationships comes from Chief Larry Jackson's heart.