Miss. medic honored for saving partner's life
EMT Jennifer Hesselbein: "Without his efforts and bravery, I can say that I would not be here today"
JACKSON, Miss. —A paramedic who saved his partner's life has received some much-deserved recognition.
Jonathan Blackwell was honored Monday during the Hinds County Board of Supervisors meeting. His American Medical Response partner, Jennifer Hesselbein, was there to congratulate him. "Without his efforts and bravery, I can say that I would not be here today," Hesselbein said.
In the blink of an eye, on July 31, 2013, Hesselbein's life changed forever. A car hit Hesselbein as she was working to help Jessie Lee Thomas, 71, who had been hit by a car. Blackwell pushed Hesselbein away, saving her life. "Unfortunately, the patient they were treating in the middle of the street at that very moment was struck by that same vehicle and died," said Jim Pollard, of AMR. Hesselbein was seriously injured and has since undergone more than 20 surgeries. She continues to recover.
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