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6 April 8, 2016                                    Feature                                                                                                                                                           BULLSEYE                                                                                                                                                              

RAMOS, from page 1___________                                                                                                                 U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes  maybe 30 minutes and we spent another
                                                                                                                                                                                                      20 minutes waiting for CHP to arrive. It
was behind a big rig and I saw a car slow-     Senior Airman Edward Ramos, United States Air Force Weapons School command section                                                                     was an intense situation that was handled
ing down and what I thought was a dust         administrator, poses in front of the USAFWS building at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April                                                             with the upmost care by everyone in-
cloud was in fact the small sedan flying       4. Ramos assisted four passengers who were in a car wreck on March 25.                                                                                 volved. I couldn’t be happier that no one
in the air toward the barrier on the left                                                                                                                                                             was seriously injured.”
shoulder of the freeway.                       jump through,” said Ramos. “Once I was      him and to wait for (California Highway
                                               in the car, I unbuckled both seatbelts of   Patrol) and ambulances to arrive.”                                                                            Once the situation was over Ramos
   “The back rear tire had blown out and       the passengers. One of them was okay to                                                                                                                called to let his supervisor know what
caused the accident. The car, thankfully,      move, so I told him that he would have to      Ramos and the others took it upon                                                                       had happened and his reaction was un-
stayed upright and on the southbound           crawl out the sunroof, and I would help     themselves to try and get the door open                                                                    expected.
side of traffic. If it had gone over the bar-  him down.                                   before ambulances or firefighters showed
rier onto the northbound side of traffic,                                                  up so that they could get him out faster                                                                      “I was at dinner when I received the
the passengers may not have walked away           “When only one passenger was left        once they arrived.                                                                                         call and I just said ‘see you on Monday,’
alive from it.”                                in the car, an off-duty fireman came to                                                                                                                stated Staff Sgt. Richard Garcia, USAFWS
                                               the side of the door and asked me what         “To pry open the back passenger door,                                                                   NCO in charge of the command section.
   Ramos, without hesitation, jumped           injuries the guy had. The passenger let me  the tow-truck guy grabbed a 4-foot medal                                                                   “I wasn’t shocked; it was nothing short of
out of his car and raced to assist the four    know that his arm was banged up and his     rod from his truck, and we proceeded to                                                                    what I expect of him. He does exceptional
passengers that were still buckled in the      lower back hurt. At that moment, the off-   get the door open. We finally got the door                                                                 things at work already and doing things
damaged car. A bystander in a tow truck        duty fireman informed me not to touch       off before the County Fire Department                                                                      that we don’t expect of him. It didn’t sur-
grabbed his fire extinguisher and put out                                                  showed up. The whole situation took                                                                        prise me because that is the type of person
the smoke that was coming from the car                                                                                                                                                                he is and I’m really proud of him.”
while Ramos began to assess the scene
and help the passengers.                                                                                                                                                                                 Garcia stated that even though Ramos
                                                                                                                                                                                                      didn’t have to use the training that the Air
   “The two passengers in the front had                                                                                                                                                               Force provides like Self-Aid Buddy Care
minor scratches; I was still able to get                                                                                                                                                              in this particular situation it still played
them out in no time,” said Ramos. “As                                                                                                                                                                 a role, as the training one receives in the
for the other two passengers in the back,                                                                                                                                                             Air Force instills that initiative to jump
it was much harder to get them out be-                                                                                                                                                                in and help.
cause both doors were smashed in, and I
was unable to pry the doors open myself.”                                                                                                                                                                When Ramos was faced with this
                                                                                                                                                                                                      situation he could have just drove on by
   Ramos began to look over the car to see                                                                                                                                                            and continued on his way home. Instead,
if there was another entry point to reach                                                                                                                                                             he put the well-being of others ahead of
the passengers that were still inside.                                                                                                                                                                himself and became a real-life hero to
                                                                                                                                                                                                      those four passengers that night.
   “I noticed that the sunroof in the car
was completely broken, so I knew I could



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