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Marines offer helping hand

By Lance Cpl. Brendan Roethel | | July 19, 2013

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“Marines look out for
one another on and off
the battlefield,” said Sgt.
Maj. Micheal Barrett, the
17th Sergeant Major of
the Marine Corps.
This statement holds
true even at the lowest
levels, when an incident
aboard Marine Corps Air
Station Beaufort left a Marine
alone and in need of
help.
After working with
his Marines early in the
morning, Sgt. Matthew
Nordin, an aircraft rescue
fire fighter with Aircraft
Rescue and Fire Fighting,
Headquarters and Headquarters
Squadron aboard
MCAS Beaufort, returned
to the barracks and saw a
Marine hunched over on a
picnic table, July 6. Nordin
noticed the Marine was in
need of medical attention.
That’s when he utilized his
training as an emergency
medical technician to help
the Marine.
“I noticed the signs and
did everything I could
to make sure the Marine
was safe and received the
help he needed as soon
as possible,” said Nordin.
“I carried the Marine up
to his room and got help
from the barracks duty
noncommissioned officer
until we could get further
aid from [emergency personnel].”
Help arrived shortly after,
at which point Nordin
passed over his role as
the primary responder for
the Marine for an assisting
role, remembering his
medical knowledge and
an established rapport
with the base emergency
medical team. 
“[Nordin] took control
of the situation,” said Staff
Sgt. Corinne Lorge, training
chief for Headquarters
and Headquarters Squadron,
who was posted as
the Air Station staff duty
officer the day of the incident.
“He didn’t even
know the Marine he was
helping and that alone
showed me and everyone
else there what it means
to look out for your fellow
Marines.”
“I didn’t stop providing
care to the Marine until
the back doors of that
ambulance shut and they
drove off to the Naval
Hospital,” said Nordin.
The crew of emergency
medical technicians
loaded the Marine into
the ambulance with the
help of Nordin, and then
rushed the Marine to Naval
Hospital Beaufort’s
emergency room, where
the Marine received medical
treatments that assisted
in nursing him back to
health.
Later that day the Marine
was discharged from
the hospital fully recovered.
Due to his injection
in the situation, Nordin
was thanked by senior
leadership aboard the Air
Station and was presented
with a squadron coin.
“I did what any Marine
would do,” said Nordin. “It
was something I would
have done yesterday, today
or tomorrow.”
Nordin always looks out
for the well-being of his
fellow Marines, and his
dedication to his fellow
brothers and sisters is not
out of character for him.
“Nordin’s dedication to
the safety of his fellow
Marines carries over well
beyond his job, that is why
he had no problem going
out of his way to make
sure this Marine was safe”
said Sgt. Fernando Camacho,
an assistant section
leader for ARFF. “That is
why when we found out
about what happened it
didn’t shock any of us that
he would do this.”
“Just as Marines look out
for each other in combat,
we protect each other at
home as well,” said Barrett.
“We are there for one
another in each other’s
time of need, because if
we don’t have each other
than we as a Corps have
nothing.”
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