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Military personnel and Army applicant assist pedestrian hit by car

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November 10, 2019

A woman was hit by a vehicle at 77 Salem Turnpike in Norwich on Wednesday afternoon, just outside of the Liberty Bank.

Personnel from the nearby U.S. Army Recruiting Station, along with an Army applicant and a U. S. Marine responded to the injured pedestrian before emergency crews arrived.

Army Staff Sgt. Velez Renaldo said the Army applicant came into the office and told him and Staff Sgt. Derek Johnson that a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle.

“We immediately went outside and provided help,” he said.

Johnson said he put a tourniquet on the woman’s leg to help stop the bleeding. He said the woman was in shock but expected her to be OK.

Renaldo said that the immediate response from the recruiting station had an impact on the outcome.

“We definitely kept the [pedestrian] calm while the ambulance was getting here,” Renaldo said.

Norwich Police said the woman’s injuries were serious, but not life threatening. The pedestrian was transported to The William W. Backus Hospital.

Police are still investigating the incident.


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