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Alabama first responders lauded for helping car accident victims

First responders save countless lives every year at Alabama car accident scenes. Indeed, their efforts -- which so often go far above and beyond the call of duty -- are the reason why numerous Alabama residents are alive today. In special recognition of the priceless contribution of first responders in Autauga County, a life insurance society recently gave out lifesaver awards to first responders at the Pine Level Volunteer Fire Department.

Two of the firefighters were recognized for quick and creative thinking after an I-65 rollover crash, where they used a screwdriver and ratchet strap to apply a tourniquet to a woman's severely bleeding arm. Additional firefighters received awards related to a multi-car crash along I-65, where several people were extricated and taken to the hospital after getting trapped in the wreckage.

According to the life insurance society, they wanted to recognize the fire department volunteers for their incredible service to the community. Incredibly, a full 90 percent of firefighters throughout the United States work as volunteers giving their time to save lives. In addition to the firefighters, the life insurance company also recognized four citizens and three policemen who helped to save lives.

Unfortunately, it is sad to realize that many car accidents -- that result in serious injuries that require the valiant efforts of emergency responders -- should have and could have been avoided if the parties who caused them had acted more responsibly. In these situations, those who are harmed by car accidents caused by the irresponsible actions of others may be able to pursue justice and restitution for their injuries in court.

Source: wsfa.com, "Pine Level 'lifesavers' honored for car accident rescues," Lindsey Rogers, Oct. 11, 2016

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