Airman comes to the rescue of family friend while on leave

While on leave in Parker Canyon Lake, Ariz., U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Hunter Binstock, 25th Operational Weather Squadron weather forecaster, came to the rescue of an injured man by performing life-saving CPR.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt Hunter Binstock works at the 25th Operational Weather Squadron and is receiving the Medal for Heroism on Jul. 24, 2021 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Binstock received this medal for his efforts in providing life-saving Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation to a man in critical condition. (U.S. Air Force photo by A1C Weber).

Binstock was camping with family and friends in Parker Canyon Lake, when he witnessed a man fall from a 6-foot overhang and land with a thud, motionless. Binstock immediately ran to assess the situation. The man, who he recognized as a family friend named Chris, sustained life-threatening injuries and was not breathing. Binstock started CPR and guided his spouse through first-aid administration. Finally, Chris began to breathe again after being resuscitated by Binstock.

“The skills I learned that helped me were from my time as a physical training leader within my squadron,” Binstock said. “I had to keep my CPR training up to date, which really helped me in resuscitating Chris.”

Binstock then ran one mile to the nearest ranger station to call for emergency services. Once they were notified, Binstock ran back to remain on site administering aid for two hours until first responders showed up.

“When something like this happens, time seems to slow down, and there is only one thing on your mind and that is what to do next,” Binstock said. “Thankfully, my training helped me assess the situation and act accordingly.”

From knowledge learned through his time as a PTL, and Self Aid Buddy Care at Basic Military Training, to some things he picked up from the 563rd Rescue Group a few years ago, Binstock was aptly prepared to deal with a situation like this and handled it with confidence.

Binstock was awarded the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal for Heroism on Jun. 24, by Lt. Col. William Frey, 25th OWS commander, for his prompt actions that day and humanitarian regard for his fellow man.

“The medal is nice, but I am happier to say that Chris is alive and has mostly recovered from his accident.” Binstock said.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt Hunter Binstock from the 25th Operational Weather Squadron is receiving the Medal for Heroism on Jul. 24, 2021 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Binstock received this medal for his efforts in providing life-saving Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation to a man in critical condition. (U.S. Air Force photo by A1C Weber).

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