Rachel Bailey, 23, severed her skull from her spine during a car accident in Sept. last year, according to AZ Family. Without the swift action of the firefighters, Bailey could've died or suffered lifelong paralysis.
"You're the unsung heroes. I can't express enough gratitude," she told the group of firefighters when she visited their firehouse this week.
After the accident, Bailey spent a month in the ICU, but is recovering well. She is now able to walk and talk again, but she has no memory of about a five-week period around the time of the crash.
"It's emotional to see her and see her doing so well," Fire Capt. Wayde Kline said.
Capt. Kline was one of the firefighters who help Bailey at the site of the crash.
"As firefighters, we often see patients at their worst. This reminds us the people we take care of are someone's son, daughter, mother, or father," he said.
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Pete GravellThursday, September 27, 2012 5:57:06 PMA truly GREAT Story!
Matthew IngmireThursday, September 27, 2012 6:24:05 PMBeautiful girl and very very lucky.
Lynn MagnusonFriday, September 28, 2012 6:46:22 PMGreat story. I just put this one on Facebook with a comment: learn at least First Responder skills, including protecting C Spine. It saved this woman's life I'm sure, and most who are completely outside the EMS community don't realize just how fragile the human spine is, especially when injured.
Roy GumpelFriday, September 28, 2012 6:52:12 PMright on fellas! nice job!
Christopher J. Weir Sr.Monday, October 01, 2012 6:10:35 AMGreat job PFD! Also a great job to Rachel for your determination and "can do and will do" spirit in your healing processes. You are an inspiration.
Jeff AllenTuesday, October 02, 2012 5:06:54 AMThis story needs to be picked up on the national media. GREAT job.