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NC paramedic, patient work together to help crash victim

The crash occurred outside the patient’s house during a visit through the county’s community paramedicine program

By Laura French

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A North Carolina paramedic and her patient both rushed to the aid of a crash victim last week after an SUV rolled over in front of the patient’s house.

Guilford County EMS Paramedic Katie Lynch was at Timothy Williams’ home on March 15 for a visit through the county’s community paramedicine program when the SUV crashed into two parked vehicles and then flipped over, partially ejecting a passenger, according to FOX 8.

“There was somebody laying on the road. The car was heavily smoking, so I came out to get my equipment. Then I come back and Timothy’s already dragging him out of the car,” Lynch told FOX 8.

Williams and Lynch worked together to pull the passenger from the vehicle and then performed CPR until more personnel arrived.

The passenger, Tevin Hamlor, ultimately died due to his injuries. The driver of the SUV, Michael Porter Jr., was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving and other traffic charges.

Williams said the situation was scary but that he listened to Lynch’s instructions as they worked side-by-side to try to help the victim.

Lynch and Williams first met in July 2020 through the community paramedicine program after Williams suffered medical issues including an irregular heartbeat. Lynch visits Williams weekly to check up on him and help organize his medications.

“I wanted to help him the same way they’ve been helping me,” Williams told FOX 8. “I just feel like the Lord put us here at the same time. It just had to be.”