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Sharpsburg man honored for lifesaving actions

November 04, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

Bryan Green said he really isn't comfortable with all of the attention paid to his lifesaving act a year ago while he was on the job with Amtrak.

Nonetheless, the Sharpsburg resident was honored Oct. 24 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C., where he was awarded the Amtrak President's Service and Safety Award for valor - one of only two awarded in 2008.

About 1:30 a.m. Nov. 8, 2007, third-shift supervisor Craig Rabuck left his Washington, D.C., headquarters to grab a sandwich.

As he was leaving the sandwich shop, three armed robbers confronted him and demanded money. Although Rabuck offered his wallet, one robber shot him in the leg above his left knee.

"He was lucky the bullet didn't hit an artery," Green said.

Despite his injury, Rabuck drove himself to a nearby police station, but got no response to his horn blasts. He then called his crews on his Amtrak radio.

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Accompanied by two co-workers, Green rushed to the scene. Easing him into a prone position, Green cut Rabuck's pants to expose the gunshot wound, then used his belt to make a tourniquet.

Eventually, Amtrak and Metropolitan District police arrived, followed by an emergency response team, which took Rabuck to the local hospital.

The bullet had traveled through Rabuck's thigh and was embedded in the front seat of his Amtrak van.

"It was really no different from being on an accident scene," Green said. "But it was the first time at work and the first time for a gunshot wound."

With 20 years as an experienced firefighter, Green is an expert at first-aid procedures from his volunteering in Brunswick, Md., then later during the day and on weekends with the Boonsboro and Sharpsburg fire companies.

Green began his Amtrak career in 1989. He works the night shift as a machine operator in Washington, D.C.

"I'm a welder who works right on the tracks," he said.

Green is the son of Gene and Mary Lou Green. He lives in Sharpsburg with his wife, Vickie, and two daughters, Jessica and Jenna.

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