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Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012, 12:00 am

Real Heroes

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Phil Gaston
Allied Waste Services driver Phil Gaston was midway through his Edmonds route Feb. 29 when he saw a man in distress. The man’s leg was badly bleeding. He had been working in his garage and cut an artery with a box cutter.

Remembering the first-aid training he had 30 years ago, Gaston grabbed paper towels from his truck and applied pressure to the man’s wound. It wasn’t enough to slow the bleeding. Acting quickly, Gaston used the man’s belt as a tourniquet. The injured man had called 911, but while maintaining pressure on the wound Gaston was able to help 911 operator with directions. Gaston stayed with the man until paramedics arrived. “I was just glad I was able to help,” Gaston told The Weekly Herald. Go to the next item.

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