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  • After witnessing a two-vehicle collision on June 16 in Greensboro, Maryland, Christine Ford rushed to the crash site and pulled an unconscious man out of a truck as it caught fire.
    After witnessing a two-vehicle collision on June 16 in Greensboro, Maryland, Christine Ford rushed to the crash site and pulled an unconscious man out of a truck as it caught fire.

Volunteer Firefighter Christine Ford Makes A Daring Rescue

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Sitting in the passenger seat of her boyfriend’s truck on June 16, Christine Ford — a volunteer firefighter for Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company — was not expecting to be on the job, nonetheless saving someone’s life from a burning wreck.

But as her boyfriend drove down a highway in Greensboro, Maryland, Ford heard a collision that sounded eerily close. “It sounded like a 12-gauge shotgun had gone off,” she said.

Ford remembers turning her head and seeing plumes of black smoke on the other side of the road. Recalling her sworn duty to save any life in need, she instructed her boyfriend to turn the car around.

“It’s an instinct,” Ford explained about her tenacity to save lives. “I’ve grown up with it, and I’ve been raised in it.”

Before her boyfriend’s truck could stop, Ford leaped out of the vehicle and rushed to the crash site, where she saw a minivan and a truck crumpled from a collision. Noticing that a victim was still inside the truck, Ford ran to the driver’s side to pull the partially unconscious man out, but the door was bashed in.

Ford darted to the other side and pulled the man out of the truck, and with the help of two bystanders, she carried him to the side of the road. By the time she had pulled him out, Ford said the “car was fully in flames.” Later, she explained, the fire had started under the hood, located near the engine.

The Lake Shore volunteer assisted the Greensboro emergency crew with treating the patient until the man was transferred to a nearby trauma center.

Timothy Hall, chief of Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company, said Ford took the training she learned under him and used it. “I’m proud of her,” Hall said. “It’s what you sign up for when you become a firefighter.”

In an email to Hall, Greensboro Volunteer Fire Company assistant chief Shawn Starkey commended Ford for her assistance. “If Christine had not stopped and helped that night, the outcome of this incident may have been different,” he wrote. “I feel that Christine's quick thinking to pull the driver from the truck saved his life.”

It was the worst accident Ford had ever seen and also her first time rescuing someone from a burning vehicle. Ford said saving lives runs through her blood. Her father is a firefighter, her mother has a background with emergency medical services, and her grandmother is a retired crime scene investigator. Most of her family has some medical knowledge.

Ford’s reason for becoming a firefighter runs deeper than family ties. Her great-grandmother, she explained, “grew me into the person I am today.” She struggled with Parkinson’s disease, so whenever she needed help, she would press a button to summon paramedics.

Also, Ford’s brother has epilepsy, so whenever he has a seizure, the only people who can administer the medicine to help him are paramedics.

With these two family members relying on help from paramedics and medical personnel, Ford said she realized how important it is to be there to save someone’s life.

“I want to be the extra two hands to help someone’s family,” Ford said. “With one more paramedic in the area, it means one more paramedic unit in the area, which means one more family can be helped faster.”

As early as 12 years old, Ford joined the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company, enrolling in the junior program to learn basic skills and training under the direction of Jesse and Tina Wright. When she was 16, she was offered three choices: become an auxiliary member — helping with fundraising — become a volunteer firefighter, or quit.

Ford joined as a volunteer firefighter, the position she still holds three years later as a 19-year-old college student attending Anne Arundel Community College for her paramedic and emergency medical technician degree.

To become a volunteer firefighter, a person must complete at least 150 hours with the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute. Ford completed more than 400 hours and achieved nationally recognized status as an emergency medical technician (EMT). She is going on to get her bachelor’s degree in emergency medicine and become a licensed paramedic so she can teach the next generation at the Maryland Fire Institute.

If Ford has it her way, the car crash won’t be the last time she saves a life.


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