(CBS) — Members of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels team came to the aid of an injured motorist in Gary last Thursday, according to a press release from the Blue Angels.
Seven members of the Blue Angels maintenance and support team encountered a vehicle that had crashed into a guard rail with an occupant trapped inside while driving from the Gary/Chicago International Airport, which serves as a staging area for the Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend.
The driver appeared to be unconscious and two members of the team broke the rear passenger window to provide aid to the motorist while others contacted emergency services and directed traffic.
“Everyone was calm, cool and collected the entire time,” said Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class George Thiess. “We cleared the debris, put the vehicle in park and turned the engine off. Right after that, I immediately established ‘c-spine’ [prehospital cervical spinal immobilization] to prevent further injury.”
The injured motorist regained consciousness before the Gary Fire Department arrived on the scene. The motorist is expected to be ok.
“All of the Sailors and Marines involved with this rescue did exactly what they are trained to do. I could not be more proud of each and every one of them,” said Blue Angels Commanding Officer and Flight Leader Tom Frosch.