Episode 120 Wayne Papalski, US Navy Search and Rescue Corpsman
December 27, 2022 | Hosted By: Jason Quinn
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Wayne Papalski, US Navy SAR Corpsman. Wayne, who is also a co-host to Dust Off Medic podcast, came on here to tell us a few of his crazy rescue stories.We discuss six rescue calls that stand out to him.His first rescue as a SAR Corpsman involved three victims who were onboard a boiler ship that had an explosion. The next rescue that we hear about earned Wayne an Air Medal for a victim who slid 800 feet down a mountain and suffered a skull fracture, intracranial bleeding, an occluded artery, arm broken in four places, and extensive facial trauma. Wayne earned a Navy and Marine Corps Medal for traversing through swift water and flowing ice, uneven terrain, icy rocks and fallen trees to reach a critically injured survivor.Next, he earned the Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) award for a stranded and critically injured climber who had fallen down a cliff.Earning a second Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Wayne had a successful rescue of a back-country skier caught in multiple avalanches. Finally, we hear about a story that earned him another Air Medal. This one was for a rescue of a critically injured, unconscious climber at 8,500 feet, stuck in a deep draw surrounded by jagged rock spires and rugged terrain. Enjoy!
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