Firefighters carry woman bitten by snake down hiking trail

The firefighters quickly assessed the woman's wound and provided treatment; she was rushed to a local hospital and received several doses of anti-venom

By Rebeca Piccardo
Sun Sentinel

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After traveling almost 2,000 miles to Colorado, a group of Fort Lauderdale firefighters didn't expect to deal with any emergencies.

Then they heard screaming. Running to see what the commotion was about, they found a young woman had been bitten by a rattlesnake while walking her dog in Pulpit Rock Park, on the north end of Colorado Springs. "I thought she was joking at first, but then I see she's crying," Anthony Perazzelli, one of the firefighters, said. "When we got to her, I see the two puncture marks, two to three inches apart, on her shin."

(Photo courtesy of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue)
(Photo courtesy of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue)

Perazzelli and his co-workers quickly applied a tourniquette and carried the woman down a hiking trail, where they were met by Colorado Springs fire rescue workers. The 24-year-old woman, who the firefighters knew only as Sarah, was rushed to a local hospital, where she received several doses of antivenom.

Read full story: Fort Lauderdale firefighters save Colorado snakebite victim

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