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A National Park College student was honored Wednesday for saving the life of a co-worker at a local convenience store earlier this year.

William Curry was presented with the LifeNet Lifesaver Award during a ceremony at the college. The award recognizes people who have saved a life, regardless of the risk, through the application of first aid knowledge and skills, according to a news release.

Curry was nominated by Terry Childers, a LifeNet paramedic who responded to a call on March 19 at the Dodge Store, 640 E. Grand Ave., where Curry was working.

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Curry’s co-worker, Heather Najera, had a life-threatening bleed caused by a spider bite.

“The patient’s blood pressure was critically low, and Curry’s quick action controlled the bleed until advanced life support could be provided,” Childers said in the release.

Curry used his belt to make a tourniquet to control the bleeding.

“I saw a whole different person then. I saw him, and I was like, this guy is in the moment, and he’s got it under control. I mean, he had himself under control, and he was just looking at us for direction and what to do next,” Childers said Wednesday.

“I was so impressed. I have been doing this for 31 years. I have had a lot of bystanders to help and assist me in things in lifting and moving and getting equipment and those types of things, but he actually provided an intervention; he brought a lifesaving intervention,” he said.

“When LifeNet arrived, we replaced his belt with a trauma tourniquet and then used the medication TXA to stop the bleeding,” Childers said in the release. “The patient was rushed into surgery when we arrived at the emergency department, but I have no doubts that Curry’s intervention truly saved her life.”

Curry said he knew what to do because he listened to his older brother, who was in the Marines.

“They taught him a lot of different stuff to do, traumas, how to fight for our country and all that other stuff; he went through the necessary training, and a tourniquet was one of the things that they had taught him,” Curry said.

Curry’s brother lives near Pine Bluff and is working at his grandfather’s farmhouse.

“I was hanging out with him one day, and he was showing me his tourniquet. He was showing me how they did it, what they do. He likes to talk to me about that stuff. That was what he did. I take everything he says to heart, so I remember it perfectly,” Curry said.

“I’m usually the guy that’s in the background; I’m quiet, I don’t say much because words hold power. If I say something, I mean it, and that’s pretty much it. I’d rather say something and mean it than say nothing at all. So being quiet is a good way to learn from people and is still a good way to learn things in general,” Curry said.

“So, I mostly fade into the background. I don’t say much; I’m a quiet guy, that’s always been my role. But now, I’m actually able to do something, and it’s cool because as a quiet person, there’s actually a job out there that would work perfect for me for that, which is (EMT). A calm demeanor doesn’t freak out much; that’s usually me. There’s no reason to freak out unless you’re certain,” he said.

Curry chose to go into the medical field as an emergency medical technician because he wants to save lives, he said.

“I never thought EMT was an option for me. I would have never considered it because people get hurt, and people don’t want to be around stuff like that. They want to be where it’s nice, it’s calm, and it’s quiet, which is what I had; It’s just I had to do something with my life, and that just happened,” he said.

“So once I figured out that if I can help people, why not help people? And my attitude goes perfectly with it,” Curry said.

LifeNet Paramedic Terry Childers, left, talks about the night William Curry, center, used a life-saving technique on co-worker Heather Najera, right, following a ceremony honoring Curry at National Park College on Wednesday. – Photo by Richard Rasmussen of The Sentinel-Record

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