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Airman Saves Baby's Life

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  • By Command Chief Master Sgt. David Bullard
  • 117th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Staff Sgt. Jeremy J. Brush was recently selected as the 117 ARW "Airman of the Quarter" NCO category.

Brush saved the life of an infant by immediately applying life-saving techniques while deployed in September 2010.

Brush, a firefighter assigned to the 117th Civil Engineering Squadron, received a medical call of a female airman giving birth to a premature infant and responded immediately with other firefighters and medical personnel. Not prepared for delivering a baby in a deployed environment, the medical team attended to the grave needs of the mother while Brush took control of the urgent care needed by the infant.

"The first thing going through my mind was the duty to act and help a fellow airman by relying on my previous training through my civilian career as a paramedic," said Brush.

The baby was not breathing and unresponsive. Brush immediately performed CPR and other resuscitative efforts on scene. He continued giving medical care for an hour after arriving at the emergency room until the infant had a sustainable pulse and was breathing on its own.

"The shock and awe with disbelief that this just happened in a deployed location was pretty overpowering and emotional. It was a very rewarding day for everyone involved," said Brush.

On that day, both the mother and infant's lives were saved. Brush received the Air Force Achievement Medal for his actions. Thank you, Staff Sgt. Jeremy Brush, for your heroic actions. Your story is another proud moment for the men and women of the 117th Air Refueling Wing!