Army training helps Soldiers save lives off the battlefield
October 25, 2010
- A maintenance control officer for 15th Bde. Support Battalion performed the Heimlich maneuver on a choking DPW empoyee.
- A medic with Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment saved the life of a woman having a seizure.
FORT HOOD, Texas- For a Soldier, Army medical training can help save lives both on and off the battlefield.
During the month of October, two Soldiers from the Black Jack Brigade Combat Team, used their medical training to help treat two separate civilians on Fort Hood, Texas.
On Oct. 13, while eating lunch at Club Hood Restaurant with friends, Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Bodily, a native and a maintenance control officer for 15th Brigade Support Battalion, from Cobbtown, Ga., heard a woman behind him exclaim, "He's choking," to the group she was sitting with.
"I turned around and his face was blue," said Bodily. "So I gave him the Heimlich maneuver."
"As soon as Chief Bodily and his group...saw I was having some problems, Chief Bodily immediately reacted; he knew exactly what to do," explained Tim Buchanan, a Department of Public Works employee on Fort Hood.
Because of how quickly the incident happened, Bodily said he didn't have time to think about it, his Army medical training just took over.
"I just reacted," he said.
"He used his training skills just perfectly," said Buchanan. "I'm very fortunate that I was not somewhere eating alone, because I most certainly would have been in pretty bad shape or not here today if I hadn't had someone to help me."
For Pvt. Joseph Cofta, a medic with Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, the incident happened in his barracks area, Oct 14.
"I had just got back to my room, and I heard a knock on my door," said Cofta. "When I opened the door, my friend told me they needed a medic; someone was having a seizure."
"The first thing I did was run to my closet and grab my aid bag," he said.
As Cofta was running down the stairs to his friend's room, he was going over what he had learned about seizures during his medic training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
After running into the room, his first action was to move the chair next to the seizing woman so she didn't hit it.
"I then moved pillows next to her head because she was hitting it on the ground," he said.
The Soldier, who was with the woman, told Cofta that she had been throwing up while seizing.
"I then checked to make sure she was breathing," said Cofta who was worried that the vomit might have gotten caught in her throat.
Although she was breathing, Cofta still opened his aid bag and grabbed a suction kit just in case.
Cofta, who graduated from his advanced individual medical training less than three months ago, said his training completely took over.
"This was my first medical emergency," he said. "I was glad my training helped me. This gives me a lot of confidence in that training."
Although their medical training emphasized helping Soldiers in combat, these two Black Jack Soldiers proved that the Army has taught them to save lives even off the battlefield.