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Citizen honored for live-saving measures

January 07, 2004|by TARA REILLY

Washington County resident Brian Heacock was named Citizen of the Month for December for helping a Hagerstown man who was injured when struck by a car in August, according to the county's proclamation.

The award was presented to Heacock at Tuesday's County Commissioners meeting.

According to the proclamation, Heacock assisted Gary Swartz by making a tourniquet to stop severe bleeding from a leg injury. He assisted Swartz for 25 minutes until emergency personnel arrived at the scene.

Swartz sustained two broken legs and arterial damage. His life was in danger because of the severe bleeding, and Heacock's assistance helped save his life, according to a county document.

"I was prepared to die ... I didn't want to," said Swartz, who attended the presentation. "I told my wife that I'm not going to make it."

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Swartz thanked Heacock for saving his life.

Heacock is a member of the Washington County Disability Advisory Committee. He was nominated for the award by his sister, Hagerstown City Councilwoman Penny Nigh.

"Somehow - that inner strength - you never know where it'll come from until the time that you need it," Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook told Heacock.

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