CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal
to Ensign Darren Hicks in Corpus Christi, Texas, Wednesday.
Hicks was awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal for his life-saving actions
while saving the life of a motorist involved in a vehicular accident.
Hicks witnessed the vehicle roll several times, assessed the
scene, and immediately responded. He pulled the driver from the car and began
administering first aid, saving his life. He instructed a bystander to call
911, and used a child’s diaper to cover a severe flesh wound on the victim’s
arm, as well as stabilized a screw that punctured the victim’s elbow.
He then directed a bystander to properly stabilize the cervical
spine and apply pressure to the wound while he approached the vehicle again to
secure the engine and prevent any fire or explosion from the wreck. Upon
returning to the victim, he utilized his extensive emergency first aid training
that he had learned as an aviation survival technician to conduct a full trauma
assessment for any additional injuries and continued to apply pressure to
existing wounds until emergency medical services arrived on scene.
“This case highlights the importance of vital life saving training
and core values that the Coast Guard has taught me,” said Hicks. “I am
dedicated to displaying the Coast Guard core values even when I'm not at work
and helping to save lives on and off duty whenever the need arises. I’d expect
anyone that shares the same moral values and willingness to help people would
do the same thing.”
Coast Guard Commendation Medal is awarded to members who have performed
sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service. This can refer to both
individual acts of heroism in battle or outstanding achievements as a unit.