If there was any doubt 19-year-old Garhett Tramp really wants to be an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), the last two weeks convinced him of his choice despite receiving a crash course in the horrific realities of the job.
Tramp, a member of the Army National Guard, hopes to obtain his National EMT Certification this Friday. And he says two recent incidents have reinforced to him it is the work he wants to do.
On the evening of May 30, Tramp was heading to meet friends when he had to make a decision – travel via some local roads or jump on Interstate 10. He chose the highway and as Tramp got closer to his destination he realized there was a car fire off Verrado Way.
In a split second, Tramp’s EMT training kicked in and he pulled over to help. He saw three vehicles, including one that was on fire. There was nothing Tramp could do for any occupants in the burning vehicle, but he was able to help get a critically injured female driver out of one of the other vehicles.
Tramp knew the young woman was seriously injured as the ambulance departed, but that knowledge did not lessen the sadness he felt upon learning the woman passed away the next day. Her family identified the driver as Mercedes Mia Cabrales, 18, who was five months pregnant. Her unborn son did not survive.
Tramp finds comfort in the fact he was able to be a Good Samaritan that night and rely on his training. He also believes a guiding force put him in the area at that time.
“It’s all God’s timing,” he told Arizona Daily Independent.
And that timing came into play again June 6 when Tramp was planning to spend some time with a friend. First, however, he wanted to pick up his paycheck.
Tramp told his friend it would be a quick stop but for some reason he hung around to talk with a coworker. When he finally left, Tramp felt drawn to drive by the May 30 accident site to see if any memorials had been set up.
But as Tramp was getting onto Interstate 10 he saw a vehicle that had rolled over between the freeway and the ramp. He drove his truck off the ramp and located a female passenger trapped in the damaged vehicle.
One of the woman’s arms had been severed, so Tramp and another driver used a belt to apply a tourniquet. He also retrieved a cooler from his truck to store the arm, while another passerby provided ice. They were also joined by an off-duty officer who had a first aid tourniquet and provided care for the woman while waiting for emergency responders.
Tramp sits for his EMT certification on June 11, then his attention will turn to his Military Police training with the National Guard starting June 21. When asked if being on-scene of two horrific accidents in one week has lessened his interest in a career as an EMT, Tramp explained the opposite is true.
“This is God’s way of showing me and preparing me for what I’m going to do,” he said. “I feel like I was put on Earth to help people.”
The May 30 accident is being investigated by the Buckeye Police Traffic Enforcement Unit. Authorities have not publicly released the names of those who died in the vehicle fire. There has been no statement from law enforcement concerning the cause of the June 6 accident nor the woman’s condition.