Patrollers Recognized for their Life-Saving Attempts
Recently, two patrollers from the North Texas Mountain Bike Patrol were quoted in their local media after their attempts to resuscitate a rider they found collapsed on the trail.
From the Star-Telegram:
--Soon afterward, two members of the North Texas Mountain Bike Patrol, a volunteer group that patrols the trails to help bikers, came upon the scene.
Using cardiopulmonary resuscitation learned in patrol training and a mask carried in a medical emergency patrol kit, David Nelke and Ray Atayde tried to save him.
"We tried to revive him but couldn't," Nelke said, adding that he and Atayde had recently completed a CPR refresher course.
He said they tried to resuscitate the man for 15 to 20 minutes, and paramedics tried for an additional 15 to 20 minutes after they arrived.
Nelke said their chapter is part of a national group that provides medical and mechanical assistance to bikers on the trails. They wear red shirts emblazoned with white crosses.
"We're basically lifeguards of the trails," Nelke said, adding that they ride equipped with everything from bike tubes to medical supplies such as the CPR mask they used Tuesday. "We constantly look for people who need help." --
Nelke and Atayde represented themselves and their patrol with the utmost professionalism, and reminded all of us how important it is to have CPR refresher courses. We never know when we might be called upon to use our skills.
Huge thanks to Nelke and Atayde, as well as all of you out there volunteering your time as part of the NMBP.