A picture showing two Missouri paramedics going above and beyond the call of duty … is going viral.
The men pushed a patient nearly a mile up an icy hill to get her to the hospital… after their ambulance got stuck.
The two firefighter paramedics with the Maryland Heights Fire Department were out on the messy highway Sunday morning…
They were called to an accident involving a Metro bus on 270.
They needed to get the driver to the hospital.
Firefighter paramedic Shaylor Taetz says, “Once we got off at the exit for the rock road, we lost traction even with the chains applied and the ambulance slid into a guardrail. once the ambulance slid into the guardrail, we actually had to salt around the truck to get it back out.”
The ambulance was not going anywhere….it was time for plan b.
Firefighter paramedic Jonathan Stillpass says, “It was Shaylor’s idea to go ahead and huff it up this hill. I thought it was like this.that’s a pretty big hill but I guess his idea and to his credit. So we decided to go ahead and walk the patient up there to get her the care that she needed.
“It just works… you know, me and Shaylor both, you know, are young fit guys. So we didn’t mind having to push her up the hill.”
They say the woman was so grateful….and several drivers even stopped and offered to help.
Shaylor Taetz says, “She was very appreciative, very thankful… and she talked to us the whole way and she just couldn’t thank us enough. so, she was very sweet.”
Shaylor expresses how he was relieved after making to the hospital.
“Sweet relief. It was kind of nice to finally get to the hospital and you know get her into a hospital room and get her taken care of. and then we could actually take a load off for a little bit.”
The two men said they had no idea someone had taken their picture while they were going up the hill
They say they are enjoying all the nice comments people have been leaving, thanking them for their hard work.