MIDLAND - A paramedic spoke with NewsWest 9 on what they go through when they respond to the scene of a crash. A scenario that is becoming all too common in the Basin. In fact, it appears there's no end in sight.
"A lot of times if we know it's a real serious situation, your adrenaline gets to pumping and in your mind you start thinking about, your awareness and kind of what you need to do when get on scene," AJ Moore, Paramedic/Firefighter for City of Midland, said.
Moore, like many in his profession, arrive first to the scene of a crash.
"We really react fast and want to know how critical the patient is and start going through the steps and the motions to do what we need to do to get that patient proper care as fast as we can," Moore said.
A task that has become frequent with the increase of car crashes. There's been over a dozen fatal wrecks in the Permian Basin within the last couple of months. Emotions can run high for these first responders in those severe situations. Especially when they're trying to save someone from death and they don't make it.
"That's whenever you have to just realize that you have a job to do, and that you've done everything that you could possibly can for that person. As long as I know that I have done everything that I possibly can to try to save someone and use my training and my skills then, you can't control what happens, you can't really change that outcome and you just have to let go of that," Moore said.
But that's not the hardest scenario they have to deal with. Moore says it hits home even harder when there's little ones.
"It can be emotional for us, especially when there's small children involved and all of that. If you have a son or a daughter that is the same age, a lot of times you just want to go home and hug your son and hug your daughter and you reflect on that and it stays with you," Moore said. "You remember real critical situations. Everything that I've been involved in is stamped on my mind, it just doesn't go away and you don't forget it."
He says they comfort and mourn with those who are involved in tragic accidents.
"It hurts and you know I've hugged the next of many people before. I've hugged a woman who lost her husband, you just mourn with them and be there with them. It's hard not to get a tear in your eye as well. We wouldn't be human if we didn't," Moore said.
Moore added that with the influx of people moving in, he suggests being aware of your surroundings when your driving and don't text and drive. He's says by doing that it could save your life.
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