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Airmen from RAF Lakenheath dashed to help motorcyclists after being among the first on scene at life-threatening accidents off-base.

Two Liberty Wing airmen – Senior Airmen Adam Bailey,48th Component Maintenance Squadron fuel systems journeyman, and Master Sgt Kevin Green, 48th Security Forces Squadron section chief of operations – were among the first on scene at two different motorcycle incidents.

On July 5, Senior Airman Bailey saw an accident while driving near RAF Lakenheath. Initially thinking it was a fall, he pulled over enough to force other cars to drive around while he helped the rider.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Adam Bailey, 48th Component Maintenance Squadron fuel systems journeyman, and Ruth Hounsome, a civilian in the community, pose for a photo at Bailey’s house near Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, July 21, 2021. Mrs. Hounsome was visiting Bailey after he had assisted her during a motorcycle accident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cedrique Oldaker) (50340531)
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Adam Bailey, 48th Component Maintenance Squadron fuel systems journeyman, and Ruth Hounsome, a civilian in the community, pose for a photo at Bailey’s house near Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, July 21, 2021. Mrs. Hounsome was visiting Bailey after he had assisted her during a motorcycle accident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cedrique Oldaker) (50340531)

She had broken her wrist and injured her hip and leg, while her leg was stuck in the bike. After calming her and freeing her leg, Senior Airman Bailey helped her and her friend into his car and drove them to West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.

“Adam was very calm and caring and immediately offered to take me and my friend and our bikes to the hospital,” said Ruth Hounsome, the injured rider.

“All the way there he remained calm. Even when I was concerned about getting blood on his seats he wasn’t bothered in the slightest.”

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kevin Green, 48th Security Forces Squadron section chief of operations, poses for a photo at memorial park at Royal Air Force, Lakenheath, England, August 3, 2021. Green had previously helped a rider in a motorcycle crash near RAF Lakenheath and prolonged their life long enough for emergency services to arrive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cedrique Oldaker) (50340529)
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kevin Green, 48th Security Forces Squadron section chief of operations, poses for a photo at memorial park at Royal Air Force, Lakenheath, England, August 3, 2021. Green had previously helped a rider in a motorcycle crash near RAF Lakenheath and prolonged their life long enough for emergency services to arrive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cedrique Oldaker) (50340529)

Senior Airman Bailey said: “When I pulled up, I saw she had a lot of bad cuts and wasn’t okay.

“We used the seatbelts as a kind of sling to make sure the injury didn’t get worse and I tried to make sure she was comfortable.”

On June 26, Master Sgt Green was at the scene of another collision. Seeing wreckage across the road and a fire starting on the bike, he immediately ran to help, finding the rider’s leg in the road.

Green instructed other bystanders on how to help the motorcyclist, who was lying in a ditch nearby, after making a tourniquet above the knee and loosening the straps of their helmet so they could breathe more easily.

After about 30 minutes, emergency services took the motorcyclist to hospital for further treatment.

Master Sgt Green said: “This is why we all raise our hand and enlist in the first place. I wouldn’t have been able to sleep at night had I known I could have done something and didn’t.”

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