Navy sailor awarded for helping save woman's life - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Navy sailor awarded for helping save woman's life

Jeffery Atherton (right) (Source: US Navy) Jeffery Atherton (right) (Source: US Navy)

A Mid-South sailor was awarded for his heroic act in Memphis.

According to a press release from the United States Navy base in Millington, Jeffery Atherton, a mass communication specialist, saw a car accident on Interstate 40 on August 26.

As Atherton was driving home, he saw a car flip several times near a sharp curve in the road.

Atherton pulled over and assessed the situation. He found an injured woman and used his Navy training to help save her life. The release said the woman lost her arm in the accident and was unconscious when Atherton found her.

“When I saw that there was someone that needed help I didn't hesitate,” Atherton said. “The training I have received in the Navy has taught me a lot, but above all I have learned to stay calm in high stress situations.”

Atherton gave the woman CPR, and she regained consciousness. He kept her calm until paramedics arrived.

An off-duty paramedic then arrived and took care of the driver, but Atherton's work wasn't done. Though he saw smoke coming from the car, he checked for additional passengers. He then directed traffic around the car until emergency responders arrived.

For his bravery, endurance, and leadership, Atherton was awarded a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

“I am extremely proud to call Petty Officer Atherton my shipmate,” Capt. David Bryson, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Mid-South, said. “While he always performs above expectations on-duty, his actions off-duty in this incident truly illustrate his character. I am grateful that he was there to respond and provide the help needed to one of our local community members when they truly needed him.”

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