High 5: Payson Fire Department First Responders To The Rescue

Feb 26, 2020, 8:48 AM | Updated: Sep 13, 2020, 10:42 am

PAYSON, Utah – There are a lot of practices and procedures that seem routine to members of the Payson Fire Department.

Emergency medical technicians Jordan Alexander, Jeff Bates and Sam Worley perform daily checks to make sure they’re ready to go on a moment’s notice.

One day last autumn, their shift at the station started normally, but it soon changed when a man showed up at the Mountain View Hospital emergency room. His arm was sliced to the bone after a glass table top shattered.

A Utah County man is thanking the EMTs at the Payson Fire Department months after he says they saved his hand.

A Utah County man is thanking the EMTs at the Payson Fire Department months after he says they saved his hand.

“If you cut your arm down to the bone, call 911,” Alexander said.

That man, Nestor Gallo, was minutes away from bleeding to death. The Payson Fire Department EMT crew jumped into action.

“We kept trying and trying to stop the bleeding, and it wouldn’t work,” Bates said. “So we decided to put a tourniquet on him because he was bleeding out in our ambulance. We went in lights and sirens.”

From Payson, they set out to find a hospital with an orthopedic surgeon on call, but it was no easy task. Time was of the essence.

The nearest option was Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, but that was a no-go. Fifteen minutes to the north was Timpanogos Regional Hospital, but that didn’t work either.

Just one Wasatch Front traffic nightmare with the perfect storm of bad conditions could cost Gallo his hand. But as they drove past Point of the Mountain, salvation came in the form of St. Marks in Salt Lake City – 56 miles from where they started at Mountain View.

Nestor’s road to recovery takes an interesting twist when you learn he’s actually a transportation engineer. He’s responsible for mapping out smooth travel for the casual commuter and emergency personnel alike.

“I never thought that I was going to be one of the passengers that was going to benefit from that kind of quick access to a medical facility,” Gallo said.

He got to see the Payson Fire Department crew for the first time after his accident five months prior – along with Dan Spindle, who was there to highlight the EMTs with a KSL High 5.

A Utah County man is thanking the EMTs at the Payson Fire Department months after he says they saved his hand.

A Utah County man is thanking the EMTs at the Payson Fire Department months after he says they saved his hand.

“They’re fantastic,” Payson Fire Chief Scott Spencer said about the team. “They’re always willing to get in and do what it takes to do the job.”

Alexander insists they’re not superheroes, though.

“We were trained what to do, pretty simple,” he said. “We knew bleeding, got to stop the bleeding, tourniquet. That’s about all we did.”

Bates said the EMTs don’t often get to see the end result of their efforts.

“We just try to care for them the best we can on scene and get them to a doctor as soon as possible,” he said.

Gallo said he owes his life to them, though.

“I am completely convinced that I am here, alive, because of the great work of these three gentlemen,” he said. “And I’ll be eternally grateful. In the name of my family and myself, thank you.”

Do you know someone doing good in our community? A friend or family member building up neighbors or a coworker giving selflessly? Click here to nominate them for a KSL High 5.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

High 5

(KSL TV)...
Dan Spindle, KSL TV

HIGH 5: Utah Group Packs Thousands Of Bags To Feed Kids Through Summer Months

There are Utah children who won't go hungry thanks to some caring volunteers with USANA Kids Eat.
1 year ago
Chris Schunk is a special education teacher at Snowcrest Junior High School. (KSL TV)...
Haley Smith, Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

High 5: Special Ed Teacher Treats Students As People First

Students and parents at Snowcrest Junior High couldn’t imagine a day without special education teacher Chris Schunk as they navigated the highs and lows of the last school year in the middle of the pandemic.  
1 year ago
Crossing Guard Verl Creager makes sure to wave at every car, every day. (KSL TV)...
Haley Smith & Matthew Jacobson, KSL TV

High 5: Crossing Guard’s Kind Gesture Brightens Community

Verl Creager is the school crossing guard at Valley Elementary School. Many don't know his name, but they know who he is because of a simple gesture. He makes sure to wave at every car that passes by.
1 year ago
Photo provided by Sticky Chicken...
Dan Spindle & Matthew Jacobson, KSL TV

High 5: Cooking Up Life Lessons That Stick At Sticky Bird

Sticky Bird in Farmington seems like any other fast, casual chicken restaurant, but what happens behind the scenes is the real recipe for a better life. 
1 year ago
(KSL TV)...
Shara Park, KSL TV

High 5: Utahns Step Up To Help Clear The Snow

During the recent winter storms, countless Utahns stepped up to help both neighbors and strangers clear snow.
1 year ago
Grant Weyman & Matthew Jacobson, KSL TV

High 5: Grant Elementary Grateful For Attentive Principal

At Grant Elementary School in Murray, there are some very grateful people who appreciate their principal. 
2 years ago

Sponsored Articles

tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
cyber security through multi factor authentication setup...
Les Olson IT

How multi factor authentication setup helps companies stay safe

Multi factor authentication (MFA) setup is an important security measure that every company should implement for their workers. It’s also wise to install it for your personal and home accounts.
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Address Bar of internet browser shows internet access...

Utah voters 50+ support increased access to Internet

The AARP surveyed Utah voters aged 50 plus about internet access and if they support the expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas currently lacking it.
High 5: Payson Fire Department First Responders To The Rescue