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22 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Dec. 6- Dec. 12, 2002 Rescue Continued from page 21 couldn't get to him," said Granholm. Granholm, like other rescuers, was able to also see a brake rod had impaled Arnold "but not whether it was in the abdomen or leg," he explained, "so we had to be very, very careful about how we were going to extricate liim." "Our biggest challenge was cut- ring into the truck - displacing the dash," said Quillen. '"13ais truck was so severely damaged it took several attempts for us to get enough room to work on the brake daL" Quillen explained that because their attempts at getting through the mangled front end of the truck were so challenging, they needed to prepare for the possibility their efforts could fail and they'd have to gain access through the rear. Rather than wait to see how things worked out, QuiUen added anoth- er approach. "Instead of laying to work from just the front end, we decided to work both ends of the truck," he said. Quillen said a total of 33 people from his company and eight from Lewes were deployed at the scene itself and at  control sites, so there were enough people on-site to work both ends of the truck. Firefighters emptied the bed of its wood load and removed the cage attached to the pickup's bed. They removed the roof of the cab and fi- nally gained the access they had worked so hard to get. In what was a first for most, if not all of the rescuers, was the call to Beebe Medical Center request- ing a surgeon at the scene. Granholm explained they needed to be prepared "because if we couldn't get it [the brake] from him, we would get him from it." Removing the brae from the leg could have caused heavy bleeding - a primary reason to have the sur- geon there. Another first: because the extri- cation was so difficult and the day was so cold and windy, medics were concerned Arnold would be- come hypothermic. They request- ed warmed fluids from Beebe, which was not only provling medical direction at the site but was also keeping Peninsula Re- gional Medical Center apprised of the case. Delaware State Police helicop- ter Trooper 2 transported Dr. Jim Marvel, orthopaedic surgeon and medical director for Lewes Fire Department, to the scene. When he arrived, he was toting the warmed intravenous saline solu- tions and a warmed unit of blood. Not only were the warmed solu- tions a first for the medics, but they had never before seen a pa- tient get blood at the &ctual acci- dent scene. Finally, firefighters cut the brake pedal above where it was impaled, leaving the brake in Arnold's leg. "There was just no easy way of doing it," said It took a multitude of rescuers f minutes to extricate the victim from the pickup truck, but they were successful. Shown are paramedics and firefighters in the last few min- utes before getting the victim out of the truck and into a hel- icopter. X l'resent a New Y,-,s F_ve Helicopters from two states were summoned for support LOUflGE QOTIOll services at the crash site. an unusual situation in a rescue. " feoh/Ir ego tousle, fOOd amount of pain. We knew that 'q'his .particular series of events Oink #ttl otound 111o  Ii1 o would happen in moving him, but - the fn'ewood, the whole dynam- funkV-oo k3ungo 'no$13lO it wassimplyunavoidable." ics- made it unique," said As arranged during the extrica- Luedtke. "All of these things have *6_.limid-oz-zzi-19z6 lion, the Maryland State Police happened before, just not in this : helicopter, Trooper 4, arrived to combination. The teamwork was assist, with Trooper 2 and its just incredible. There was a lot of trooper medics remaining on cooperation, and we all communi- standby at the scene. Because of cared very well together." the severity of the injuries and be- "It was an incredible team eL cause Marvel would be traveling fort," said Quillen. with his patient, Trooper 2 could not be used. It was too small to give medics and Marvel room to work. Since Beebe was already working a Priority I case with Eckert, rescuers received the OK to transport Arnold to Peninsula Regional Medical Center. On0000Oo00wass0000ilize00a t3 lzl ,, the hospital, he was transported to R. Adams Shock Trauma Center aq owe in Maryland, where he underwent surgery. HOLIDAY IzLOV00LZI00S 8-, C00NTL=RPlL=CL:S Cu00--I:orn De00igne00 FIo00,00l A.r,00angemen-I;r Estates Wanted Noli0000y Pl00nt00 CONSIGNMENTS BEING ACCEPTED " G o u T' m e Jc - o o   -I  T' U i'E "E a" k e Jc" FOR STUART KINGSTON sinEs o, ldoli00o00 Silk A.r.ranjemenf.- AUCTIONS W'= DO IT ALL! RUQS, JEWELRY, CRYSTAL, SILVER, TOYS, AUTOMO. i . " BIL. AND COLBLES IS R'I*I'*"I' A,,-.,,,-, 14.,,I.p.,, d,,,,..i.. R.l,.6od, B.o00I,, DL= NO ESTATE TOO LARGE . CALL FOR DATES & 3o?-?77-5775 1-888-814-8710-------- -- One Grenoble Place Rehoboth, DE 19971  WWW.STUARTKI NGSTON.COM 02-227-2524t * 8884t07-0433 - Granholm, "He was in a great ., . 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