It only takes a moment for life to change. For Kyle Fjeldsted, that moment occurred just after 12 noon on Saturday, May 2, 2015, when he was involved in a motorcycle accident while home on a five-month leave from the US Air National Guard.
Kyle’s injuries were extensive and his prognosis uncertain. When Paramedic Zac Slothower and EMT Billy Splain from our Manheim station arrived on scene they immediately recognized the severity of the situation and focused their efforts on the interventions they knew would give their patient the best chances for survival. Both Slothower and Splain admit that when they transferred their care of Kyle to the trauma staff at Lancaster General Hospital that afternoon, they had little hope that he would survive.
Imagine their surprise in mid-June when Kyle and his mother asked to arrange a reunion visit to thank the EMS providers who cared for him that day! Kyle has made a remarkable recovery from his extensive injuries and continues to keep in touch with our EMS crews.
It’s been a long road for Kyle and his family; from active duty and deployment to the Middle East, to the uncertainty of his survival while on life support, and now as he continues the long road to recovery and possible return to active duty.
Keep up the good work Kyle! We love your visits to our station!