Doctor stationed at Nellis AFB saves life of CHP officer
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A United States Air Force doctor stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas was injured recently while hiking in California.
The tables swiftly turned though when he had to save the life of the officer that was sent to rescue him.
Dr. Jeremy Kilburn was hiking near Big Bear Lake when he broke his leg.
The California Highway Patrol sent in a helicopter to rescue him.
But, as the CHP officer was getting out of the helicopter, he was hit by one of the blades.
That is when Kilburn says the adrenaline kicked in and, despite his own injury, he jumped into action.
"He wasn't breathing very well and there were periods he wasn't breathing at all. And I was ready to start putting a tracheal tube down his airway when he started coughing and moving his hands," said Kilburn.
During the 41-pmile flight to the hospital, another hiker held the IV bags and applied pressure to control the bleeding.
The CHP officer -- Tony Stanley -- is still in critical condition in the hospital.
Kilburn is recovering from his broken leg.