EMT Jason Hamilton honored for off-duty rescue - Tucson News Now

EMT honored for off-duty rescue

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Jason Hamilton (Source: Rural/Metro Fire Department) Jason Hamilton (Source: Rural/Metro Fire Department)

By Kimberly Cain, Tucson News Now intern

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Jason Hamilton, an EMT with the Rural/Metro Fire Department, was honored Thursday by the University of Arizona Medical Center as one of the "Heroes of the Year" for his heroic efforts off duty.

After Hamilton worked a 24-hour shift, he observed a vehicle that was driving irregularly on his drive home.

Hamilton contacted law enforcement and followed the car while maintaining a safe distance from the car in hopes that an accident would not occur.

The car crashed into a guard rail and Hamilton immediately approached the vehicle.

He found an elderly woman in need of immediate medical attention and without hesitation, he and a bystander freed the woman.  Hamilton performed CPR with the assistance of a registered nurse and another bystander until the Drexel Heights Fire District arrived.

"I did what I saw needed to be done," Hamilton said.

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