Coast Guard Member Assist Motorcycle Crash Victims

 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Two Coast Guard members from Coast Guard Station Sand Key, in Sand Key, Fla., assisted a motorcycle crash victim near Interstate 275 and Roosevelt Boulevard, in St. Petersburg, Fla., Wednesday at about 7:30 p.m.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael A. Germain, hometown Springfield, Mass., and Coast Guard Seaman Matthew W. Bamberger, hometown Gainesville, Fla., were driving from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, in St. Petersburg, Fla., when they came upon the accident.

After Germain and Bamberger relayed their location to 911 operators, they immediately began to apply direct pressure to one of the motorist’s injuries to minimize bleeding. Members from Pinellas County Fire and Rescue arrived on-scene approximately 10 minutes later, and they transferred the victims to a local hospital.

Germain and Bamberger remained on-scene to direct traffic through the area, and to keep passing vehicles from stopping.

“These are two dedicated individuals that displayed outstanding professionalism, as most Coast Guard members do on a daily basis, both on and off duty,” said Chief Warrant Officer Randal L. Ryan, commanding officer of Station Sand Key. “As their commanding officer, I am extremely proud of their heroic actions and of everyone else’s that tended to the victims of this horrific accident.”

A female passenger on the motorcycle did not survive the accident.

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