Paramedic instructor rushes to the rescue at college shootings

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OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) --One minute paramedic instructor Matt Knight was teaching an EMT class in the medical science building at Southern Union State Community College in Opelika.

The next minute he was on the scene of a real, life or death emergency 40 feet from his classroom outside.

"I heard some noise and was advised people had been shot," said Knight.

Knight says he rushed out and found two of his students already doing CPR on 62-year old Brenda Watson. Watson was Thomas May, III's mother-in-law.

She died on the scene.

"That's when I rendered aid to the next person," Knight said.

At this point Knight moved to offer assistance to May's soon-to-be ex-wife, 36-year old Bethany Lynn May. She took a bullet in the arm.

"Her injury was not life-threatening but there could have been compromises had we not been right here. I applied direct pressure to the wound," said Knight.

When it came to the emergency aid, it was a classic case of not having time to be scared, years of experience and training kicked in.

Matt Knight remained calm in the midst of chaos.

Calling it a team effort Matt Knight says they did the best they could under trying circumstances. While acknowledging his two students got a valuable real world lesson in the life of a paramedic, instructor Knight wishes he could take it all back where no one got hurt and no one died.

School officials say Bethany May is a student at Southern Union. She had just come out of the academic building, gotten into the family van when Thomas May allegedly opened fire from his own vehicle.

Thomas May faces one count of capital murder, three counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle.

May remains in the Lee County jail on no bond.

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