Emergency workers from Hall Ambulance are being honored for their response to the fatal explosion last summer at the Scaled Composites’ facility in Mojave, the Bakersfield Californian reports.
The rescue personnel responded to the scene soon after the accident, not knowing whether another explosion was imminent. Two Scaled employees were dead and four others injured, one of whom later died after being airlifted to a local hospital. “One patient was covered with little black carbon fibers sticking out of his body,” the paper reports.
The personnel being honored by the California Ambulance Association’s Stars of Life program in Sacramento this week include:
Chris Beucher, flight medic
Samuel Swanson, paramedic
Heather Taylor, paramedic
Sean Eddy, paramedic field supervisor
Brent Wible, paramedic
Timothy Reynolds, paramedic
Jeanette Green, flight nurse
Michael Knutson, EMT
Beucher said he is honored to receive the recognition. “TV portrays it as six months later you meet the victim in his backyard and have a barbecue,” he told the paper. “More often than not we take heat from people.”
The State of California issued five citations against Scaled Composites and issued fines of more than $25,000. The company has appealed the citations and fines.