MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. --
For one Team McConnell Airman, what began as a drive to the airport quickly transpired into a rush to help two civilians from a vehicle accident, March 28, 2021.
Airman Angela Hall, 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution apprentice, may have only been on station six months, but she embodied the core values when she bravely pulled an elderly couple from a smoking car that had crashed into a light pole while on her way to drop her father off at the Wichita Dwight Eisenhower National Airport.
“I thought I felt an earthquake and I saw the powerlines shake,” said Hall.
What she actually felt was the residual impact from a car that had crashed directly into a light pole nearby. Without hesitation, Hall immediately pulled her car aside to assist at the scene.
Prior to joining the Air Force, Hall had completed an emergency service program in her home state of Georgia where she learned basic skills necessary to stabilize, initially treat and safely transport patients in both non-emergency and life threatening emergencies.
At the scene, her instincts took over and she knew she needed to act fast.
“With elderly patients, their health can begin to crash quickly,” said Hall. “It was important that they were safe and medical help was on its way.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older drivers, particularly those over the age of 75, have higher crash death rates than middle-aged drivers primarily due to their increased vulnerability to injury in a vehicle crash.
The pressure of the situation didn’t faze Hall at all. As smoke started to fill the air, Hall began directing bystanders, delegating tasks and taking action. Within minutes of her being on scene, first responders were alerted and the car engine was shut off to eliminate chances of a fire igniting.
Her quick-thinking allowed for the couple to be pulled to safety and assessed until medical services arrived. Hall’s father, Timothy Hall, who witnessed the entire scenario, is nothing but proud for his daughters actions that day.
“She’s amazing,” said Timothy Hall. “You raise them as best as you can and she turned out just amazing.”
Hall is set to be commemorated for her heroic actions with an achievement medal on May 27, 2021.
“I don’t consider myself a hero,” said Hall. “I really love helping people. I like knowing that I can make a difference.”