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Published December 18, 2013, 08:05 PM

7 National Guard soldiers help woman after car crash in Washington

Seven North Dakota National Guard soldiers stationed in Washington have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help the victim of a car accident. The soldiers say they witnessed a car slide out of control and off the road, and immediately sprang into action.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

Seven North Dakota National Guard soldiers stationed in Washington have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help the victim of a car accident. The soldiers say they witnessed a car slide out of control and off the road, and immediately sprang into action.

We talked to one soldier, Specialist Tyler Needham of Devils Lake. He says he and his colleagues did what anyone would do. The single car accident happened last Monday, December 9th. Needham says he was driving when another guardsman saw the accident happen. They pulled over, and found the driver of the car in a ditch on the side of the road. Needham has first aid training, and he quickly examined the woman to check for broken bones.

After that, Needham and another soldier kept the woman alert and tended to cuts and bruises until paramedics arrived. He says he simply did what anyone would do.

Needham said, "I don't think what I did personally was anything that spectacular. I just did what I think every American would do in a situation like that where you see an accident. You stop, you help, you do what you can."

Needham says he doesn't understand all the excitement caused by the incident. Friends and family we spoke to said he's always been selfless and ready to help those in need.

After his good, Needham says he's now excited to see his wife and son, who are on their way right now from Devils Lake to Washington.

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