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NHTSA EMS Staff Assist at DC Active Shooter Incident

Duo raced to spot where shooting victim was and began CPR



A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P | | Monday, September 16, 2013

WASHINGTON - On Monday, Sept 16, while working at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Office of Emergency Medical Services, Laurie Flaherty, RN, an emergency trauma nurse (purple shirt), and Noah Smith an EMT (black shirt, facing camera), both NHTSA EMS staff members, heard about the active shooter incident occurring at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard across the street from their M Street office.

JEMS: Shooting at Washington, D.C. Navy Yard

They looked out of a window facing the Navy Yard and observed and a critically wounded adult male lying on the sidewalk. Without hesitation, both NHTSA EMS staffers grabbed the agency’s “Go Bags” and raced to the patient. They worked to control hemorrhage from his gunshot wounds and performed CPR until he was turned over to personnel from DC Fire & EMS.

We commend Flaherty, Smith and the two other unidentified bystanders who unselfishly risked their lives to respond to the aid of this mortally wounded victim. 

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A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P

JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, has a background as an EMS director and EMS operations director. He specializes in MCI management.


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