Hero Doctor Speaks Out about Saving the Life of His Rescuer | News
A doctor stationed at Nellis Air Force Base is being called a hero after he saved the life of a California Highway Patrol officer who was trying to rescue him.
The CHP officer was trying to get to Major Jeremy Kilburn, who was stuck on a granite rock next to a steep embankment in Northern California’s Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Kilburn had broken his leg while hiking. While on his way to Kilburn, CHP officer Tony Stanley was hit by the rotor blades of the rescue helicopter.
Kilburn’s friends carried the injured doctor down to where the now-injured officer was laying. Kilburn helped save the man’s life, directing people on how to hold the IV bags and apply pressure to the wounds. The doctor says his training kicked in the moment he saw the man.
"I literally forgot about my leg except for when I tried to get in the helicopter. All I was thinking about was things that I'm thinking here in the hospital," Kilburn said.
The officer was loaded onto the helicopter and rushed to a nearby hospital. He is recovering.
Kilburn served as a trauma surgeon in Afghanistan. He is working as a critical care pulmonologist, even with the broken leg.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)