Selfridge Senior Airman Tamara Davie was recently honored for providing medical aid to a  woman at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

Selfridge Senior Airman Tamara Davie was recently honored for providing medical aid to a woman at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

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Selfridge personnel hailed as heroes

Airmen perform lifesaving actions at training exercise

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published February 8, 2019

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A senior airman from Selfridge Air National Guard Base is being called a hero for her lifesaving actions while at an Emerald Warrior training exercise in Florida last month.

Tamara Davie used what is called “first aid buddy care skills” gleaned while working as a member of the Michigan Air National Guard to respond quickly to calls for help at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on Jan. 22.

Davie, a command support staff journeyman with the 127th Maintenance Group at Selfridge, was there as part of Exercise Emerald Warrior 2019, a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored tactical exercise designed to provide realistic military training in an urban setting.

According to Selfridge officials, Davie was making her way to her room on the base after closing out another day on her two-week training mission when she heard the cries for help from another guest at the hotel.

Davie jumped into action, ran to where the cries were coming from, and found that an elderly woman had fallen, struck her head, and was bleeding and vomiting. Davie immediately began rendering first aid to the woman, the mother of another airman.

“I fell back on my self-aid buddy care training that I received in the Michigan Air Guard,” Davie said in a press release. “I just reacted. I rolled her on her side to prevent her from choking, and I applied dressings to the wound.

“My instincts kicked in,” she continued. “I had to find out what the problem was and help.”

Davie also works as a preschool teacher in addition to serving in the Air National Guard.

Two other Michigan citizen-airmen from the 127th Mission Support Group Vehicle Operations shop and the 127th Maintenance Group arrived on the scene shortly after Davie and assisted in rendering care until paramedics arrived.

The woman who was injured recovered thanks to Davie’s quick response, Selfridge officials stated in the release.

“This is what we do,” said Senior Master Sgt. Robin Cleaver, first sergeant for the 127th Wing personnel at Exercise Emerald Warrior. “These airmen assessed the risk of going into a situation unprotected from bodily fluids, and they saved her life. They put the woman’s care above their concern for their own health and welfare.”

Chief Master Sgt. Charles Snyder, maintenance flight chief with the 127th Maintenance Group, singled out Davie for her actions.

“We couldn’t be more proud of our Team Selfridge guardsmen,” Snyder said. “They really stepped up and utilized their training. You never know when you’ll be placed in a situation where you can be a hero.”