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Off-duty firefighter helps during motorcycle crash

Posted at 9:57 AM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-26 10:57:40-04

Any given work day, Tulsa firefighter, Gary Bullock, has all the equipment he needs for just about any emergency situation he'll face that day.

But early last month off duty and on his way to work at fire station number 20... He came up on a wreck.
"I saw traffic backing up and a lot of dust," Bullock said. "Found a guy down on the ground between the wall and his motorcycle and he was unconscious"
Bullock used his truck to block the motorcyclist from oncoming traffic.

The man wasn't wearing a helmet and there was a lot of blood after he hit the concrete wall.

The man had no pulse and wasn't breathing.

Bullock says his training and experience automatically kicked in.

He stabilized the man's head and moved him off the wall to begin CPR.
"Once he kind of came around he became really combative probably due to a head injury so at that point I just tried to keep him from running out into traffic because cars were still coming by," Bullock said.
It was all second nature for this Tulsa firefighter as it would be for the other 741 firefighters in our city, but Bullock's help had a huge impact on the injured motorcyclist.

Fire chief Ray Driskell says when one of his firefighters reach out when they don't have to, these are proud moments for him.
"That's the type of people that we hire and when we go through the hiring process this is one of the intangible things that we look for," Driskell said.


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