Soldier is recognized for rendering aid, possibly saving life
USAG YONGSAN – Sgt. Christopher D. Brown of the United Nations Command Honor Guard, Special Troops Battalion, United States Forces Korea, saved a fellow shopper’s life, Sept. 19, at the Yongsan Garrison Post Exchange (PX).
“I was at the electronics section of the main PX, and I spotted a soldier kneeling down and helping an unconscious woman. And I figured out that she wasn’t breathing, so I started to give her Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)”
Brown continued his first responder care to prevent the customer from going into shock. He monitored the customer until Emergency Medical Services arrived. When EMS arrived, he assisted them in transporting the woman to the ambulance.
Brown also commented on actions that could be taken during a medical emergency. “The most important thing is for the provider to remain calm. The person helping cannot exercise proper judgement if he panics, and he cannot communicate clearly with the patient if he is not in a calm state of mind. So keep calm first, and then help the patient.”
Timothy Johnson, assistant chief of training at the Yongsan Fire Station, understands emergency situations. He explained that it is easy to help someone until medical services arrive on the scene. “It is most important to activate the Fire Emergency System (FES) or call for professional help the moment an incident happens. If anyone dials 911 on post using a hard line, it will direct them straight to the Yongsan Fire Station. When an emergency situation breaks off post, call 119, and this will direct you to the nearest local fire department,” he said.
Johnson also talked about chaotic situations. “The first thing to remember is to remain calm. Panicking hinders an individual’s ability to think clearly. Take care of yourself, keep yourself safe, and when you a re ready, render the aid you feel comfortable executing to those who need them.”
Brown was recognized by Lt. Gen. Thomas S. Vandal for his actions at the main PX, Sept. 30, at the Dragon Hill Lodge, Naija Ballroon.
The outstanding self less service, medical training and quick actions of Brown potentially saved the shopper’s life. For more information on how to become certified in CPR and/or first aid, please call the American Red Cross at DSN 738-3670.
Copeland has deployed to Albania, Kosovo, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan.
His awards and decorations include, among others, the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, and the Joint Service Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster.
Copeland holds a bachelor of science degree from Troy University, a bachelor of arts degree from Excelsior College, and a master of arts degree from University of Texas at El Paso. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Global Leadership.