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Nevada National Guard members assist women in bad crash in Washington, D.C.

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Posted at 9:27 PM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 10:04:42-05

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KTNV) — Nevada National Guard members have gone to Washington, D.C., to support the Presidential Inauguration this week.

Several Nevada Army Guard soldiers helped save a woman’s life Monday in Tysons, Virginia, following a single-vehicle crash.

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Capts. Tana Gurule and Tyler Wistisen, both of 1-221st Cavalry, were stopped in separate vehicles near an intersection in Fairfax County, Virginia, when they witnessed the crash. First Lt. Michael Flury was also present.

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Gurule, a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer with emergency medical technician training, sprang into action, pulled the windshield out of the vehicle and opened the victim’s airway.

“She looked deceased but gulped a huge gasp of air when her airway was opened,” said Gurule, the commander of the cav’s Forward Support Company. “She was alive, thank God.”

Emergency responders had to use “Jaws of Life” – hydraulic spreader-cutters – to extradite the victim from the vehicle.

The name of the accident victim has not been released, but Gurule of Boulder City, said hospital officials told her later the driver is no longer in critical condition.

She did have two broken ankles and a broken femur.

Gurule is one of about 250 Nevada National Guard Soldiers and Airmen supporting the Presidential Inauguration Wednesday.

In 2017, Gurule was singled out by President Trump for her evacuation of victims following the Route 91 festival Las Vegas mass shooting.