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Staff Sgt. Lora Begley
Lt. Col. Kevin Parker, 376th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron commander, presents the Air Force Achievement Medal to Staff Sgt. Lora Begley, 376th ECES security escort, during a ceremony at the Transit Center at Manas, Dec. 31, 2012. Begley was recognized for her actions in saving a fellow service member’s life while on a flight in route to her deployed location. She is deployed from Lajes Field, Azores, and is a native of Irvine, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephanie Rubi)
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Life-saving actions earn Lajes Airman recognition while deployed

Posted 1/3/2013   Updated 1/3/2013 Email story   Print story

    


by Tech. Sgt. Rachel Martinez
376th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs


1/3/2013 - TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS, Kyrgyzstan -- An Airman assigned to the Transit Center at Manas was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal during a ceremony today for her quick and deliberate actions in saving a fellow service member's life.

On Aug. 23, 2012, Staff Sgt. Lora Begley, 376th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron security escort, was on a flight in route to her deployed location when another deploying service member experienced severe convulsions and was unable to breathe.

The award citation reads, "Without hesitation, Sergeant Begley immediately responded upon hearing surrounding service members call for a medic. Rushing to the victim through the crowded airplane, she arrived to find the victim unresponsive and in distress. Sergeant Begley helped maneuver the individual into the confined airplane aisle where she expertly applied self-aid and buddy care techniques by rendering cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Shortly thereafter, the patient regained a pulse and began to breathe on his own."

A medic at her home station of Lajes Field, Azores, Sergeant Begley said she didn't think twice about helping when she heard calls for a medic.

"Your training just kicks in," she said. "I thought to myself, 'This guy needs help and I'm a medic.' So I go and help him. It was an automatic response."

Sergeant Begley and a lieutenant colonel flight surgeon on board the flight continued to monitor the service member and treat him for shock until they arrived at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, where his care was handed off to a local flight surgeon. With the service member taken care of, Sergeant Begley continued on to her deployed location. Four months later, Sergeant Begley said she was surprised to hear she would be receiving an award for her actions on the plane that day.

"The lieutenant colonel, who's downrange now, submitted me for this award," she said. "I was just doing what I was trained to, but I think this is awesome. I'm very thankful for it."



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