AUTAUGA CO., AL (WSFA) - First responders who made all the difference when every second counted received special recognition in Autauga County for their efforts at car accident scenes.
WoodmenLife, a life insurance society, gave seven lifesaver awards to firefighters from the Pine Level Volunteer Fire Department Monday night.
Two firefighters were honored for their innovation at a rollover wreck on Interstate 65 when they used a ratchet strap and screwdriver to make a tourniquet on a woman's severe arm injury to stop the bleeding. The woman's husband lost his life in the accident.
Other firefighters were recognized for their work at a multi-car accident on I-65. They extricated several people who were trapped inside the wreckage and got them to the hospital.
"We just wanted to take the opportunity to recognize all of the volunteer fire departments for their service as first responders. One thing about WoodmenLife is that we do take care of our first responders and recognize them and let them know that we're thankful for what they for each of us every single day," said Ashley Pruitt with WoodmenLife.
"Ninety percent of all firefighters in the united states are volunteers. We give of our time. We give of our money. We leave our dinner tables and our families sometimes we spend 24-36 hours on scene so a little thank you really helps," said Curtis Powell with the Pine Level Volunteer Fire Department.
In the past few days, Woodmen Life also recognized three policemen in Prattville with lifesaver awards, as well as four citizens who went above beyond to help save a life.