Back in 2011, 21-year-old Stephen Wilson was enjoying what he thought was going to be just an ordinary day in his home state of Indiana. He had gotten off work early and was driving down an unfamiliar road when he noticed something absolutely shocking: two middle-aged women lying on the road with one bleeding to death.
The women, named Terri Penrod and Susan Raber, had been riding a motorcycle together when they got hit by an oncoming car. Wilson saw the motorcycle and pieced together what had happened in an instant. He knew he had to save them, but how?
When Stephen Wilson saw women laying on the road bleeding, his Marine instincts kicked in to save their lives.
Penrod’s leg was severed. Wilson needed to act fast. There wasn’t much around them, just a big cornfield, but it was enough to give Wilson an idea.
“When I was running that way, I was already trying to think of a game plan,” he told ABC57 News.
Using belts and cornstalks, Wilson fashioned together a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. Wilson learned this trick from his training in the Marines. He wrapped the tourniquet around Penrod’s leg and waited with the women for 7 minutes until emergency services arrived.
“I just stayed with her, held her hand, and talked her though it,” said Wilson.
Having fashioned a tourniquet out of corn stalks and belts, Wilson stopped the bleeding and the women made it out alive.
From there they were airlifted to the hospital. They managed to survive all thanks to Wilson.
“A police officer was telling me she would have bled out and, more than likely, she wouldn’t have made it!” he said.
Wilson later received an award for his bravery, yet he claimed he was just doing what he was trained to do.
“When you’re put into a situation like that, you don’t even think about it. Repetition just takes over,” he said.
Instinctual or not, what Wilson did was commendable and I’d say he fully deserved that award.