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Technical Sergeant saves life with CPR
TSgt. Ryan Hester stands next to his patrol car for the city of D'Iberville, Miss., where he serves as a reserve police officer. Hester recently put life-saving training learned in the Air Force to good use while on patrol in his reserve police officer role. Hester is part of the 366th Training Squadron’s Detachment six which is a geographically separated unit from the 82nd Training Wing at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force/Courtesy Photo)
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Taking training seriously saves life

Posted 6/20/2012   Updated 6/20/2012 Email story   Print story

    


by Kimberly Dagdag
82nd Traing Wing Public Affairs


6/20/2012 - SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- For Technical Sergeant Ryan Hester, who serves as a reserve police officer for the city of D'Iberville, Miss., when not performing his official military duties, taking his collective skills training seriously resulted in a life-saving effort.

Training is often viewed through different color lenses depending on the person. In the military, the phrase "When am I ever going to use this training?" is heard quite often during mandatory training classes.

You just never know when that training might come in handy and TSgt. Hester's story is a testament to just that.

On the morning of June 9 while on patrol in his reserve police officer role, Hester responded to a medical distress call at a local apartment complex.

Upon entering the apartment, Hester saw a young man lying on the floor unconscious. Without hesitation, Hester jumped into action.

"I just dropped my notepad, ran over and started checking for signs of life," said Hester. Finding the patient unresponsive and not breathing, he began to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Within minutes, Hester had successfully revived the young man, allowing local Emergency Medical Services personnel to take control of the patient.

Hester, a structures apprentice course instructor for the 366th Training Squadron's Detachment six based in Gulfport, Miss., trains future structural Airmen as well as builders for the U.S. Navy Seabees and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The detachment serves as a geographically separated unit from the 82nd Training Wing at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.

Like many of his fellow Airmen, Hester has been through extensive life-saving training, such as "Combat Life Savers" and CPR, to prepare for potential combat scenarios.

"I didn't really think anything, I just jumped in and my training took over," said Hester.

Hester believes the training he has received is invaluable because a human life is priceless. While he is grateful to be able to tell the story of saving a young man's life, he does not feel he deserves any special recognition.

"I was simply doing what I was trained to do," said Hester.



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