Local man credits EMT training for helping him save lives during Vegas shooting

Posted at 8:24 AM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 11:30:55-04

A local man credits his recent EMT training for his ability to help save lives during the shooting in Las Vegas.

Sheriff Search and Rescue member Howie Long and his wife Jennifer helped to treat wounded concert-goers.

"When we got to the emergency room, the nurses were so busy with people in the back with people who were worse off there was nobody in the waiting room that knew what to do, so me and Jennifer kind of took over the waiting room and was saying 'put that there and we need this'" Howie explained.

"Just kind of had a little order in there instead of everybody running around not knowing what to do," Howie said.

He helped treat 31-year-old Rocky Palermo who was shot in his side. While Howie treated him, Jennifer helped by speaking to his parents.

"And then we just continued... if someone came we gave them gloves, whoever wasn't hit was available. I just told them 'put your gloves on and here's some towels," Jennifer said.

Howie has been with search and rescue for seven years and just received his EMT training last year.