Student Honored for Helping Save NY Trooper’s Life

As a volunteer emergency medical technician, student Kelsey LaBella (far right) was honored for the care she provided.

As a volunteer EMT, student Kelsey LaBella (far right) was honored for the care she provided.

The New York State Police honored B.S. in health sciences/M.S. in physician assistant studies student Kelsey LaBella on March 19 for her work in helping to save a trooper’s life.

A volunteer emergency medical technician for the Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corps on Long Island, LaBella was on duty in December when a car hit the trooper as he put out flares for a down motorcycle.

“He had a compromised airway due to facial trauma and needed immediate intervention to live,” she said. “A lot of work was done in the back of the ambulance to stabilize him for surgery at the hospital.”

After a lengthy hospital stay, the trooper now is recovering at a New Jersey rehab facility.

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