to work to help
By Jennifer S. Kornegay
40 Civil Air Patrol Volunteer
EVERE WINTER WEATHER HIT MANY
areas of the Southeast in January, creating multiple emergency situations. A woman in North
Georgia experienced hardship firsthand, but she
also experienced the compassion and skill of two courageous CAP cadets.
On Jan. 28, Cadet Senior Airman Daniel Stephens,
16, of the Georgia Ellijay Composite Squadron
was heading home from gathering firewood when he
noticed a truck about to drive up the steep hill in front
of his house. His younger brother, Cadet Airman 1st
Class Gage Stephens, 14, had already seen the truck and
motioned to the people inside that the ascent was too
risky, due to the quickly accumulating ice and snow.
Daniel also warned the truck to turn around, but the
driver decided to give it a try anyway.
Just a few minutes later, Frank Stephens, the
father, was looking out a window and saw the
truck sliding off the road. told me what was
happening, and I just grabbed my jacket and safety
vest and headed Daniel said.
The truck slid down the hill and into a tree. Before
Daniel made it to the truck, the driver had stepped out,
and when the truck shifted a bit she lost her footing and
tumbled almost 100 feet down the rocky hillside.
Daniel acted quickly but deliberately. got to her fast
and identified he said. told her I had search
and rescue training and that she would be
He carefully laid her on her back, then noticed the
passenger of the truck making her way toward him and
the driver. told me she had some first responder
training, so I asked her to help me do a c-spine Daniel said.
Later, at the hospital, an examination showed the
driver had several fractured ribs and a shattered vertebrae
(which had to be replaced), so by keeping her immobilized Daniel helped prevent further injury.
Gage had called the paramedics when the accident
happened, but with the winter weather wreaking havoc
on driving conditions, they took awhile to arrive. With