‘Nobody’s Dying Today’

Nursing assistant Katelyn Losquadro stopped to help an injured driver of a single-car accident. That decision changed both of their lives.

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Matt Gault (left) with his parents, Chris and Robyn, on a vacation in 2015

While Losquadro waited with Gault, rubberneckers slowed on the highway or stopped to take pictures before the fire engines, ambulances and police vehicles arrived. Paramedics rolled a stretcher toward Gault as she gripped his pant leg to try to elevate the wound.

“We’re going to have to cut the kid out of the car,” she heard someone say.

She helped hold Gault while rescue workers removed the door. “I’m not going to leave until they put you on this stretcher,” she remembers telling him. After cutting their way into the car, paramedics laid Gault onto a stretcher and loaded him into the ambulance, Losquadro says. They found the severed portion of his leg in the backseat, too damaged to save.

Losquadro stepped back. “Good luck,” she said to Gault. As the ambulance drove away, she wondered if he would live or die, but assumed she probably would never know. Privacy laws prevented her from finding out anything more about him.

“That was it,” she says.

Losquadro drove home and told no one about the 15 minutes she had spent along the side of the highway trying to save a stranger’s life.

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