Paramedics push patient up an icy hill to get her to the hospital
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. - A photo of two St. Louis-metro firefighter paramedics going above and beyond to get a woman to the hospital has gone viral.
The men pushed the patient nearly a mile up an icy hill to get her help after their ambulance got stuck on ice.
It happened Sunday morning. Jonathan Stillpass and Shaylor Taetz said their ambulance lost traction and hit a guardrail. They had no idea someone snapped a photo of what they did next.
"Once we got off at the exit, we lost traction even with the chains applied," Taetz said. "Once the ambulance slid into the guardrail, we actually had to salt around the truck to get it back out."
But when the ambulance wasn't going to move, it was time for plan B.
"It was Shaylor's idea to go ahead and huff it up this hill. That's a pretty big hill but I guess his idea and to his credit," Stillpass said. "So we decided to go ahead and walk the patient up there and get her the care that she needed."
They say the woman was grateful, and several drivers even stopped and offered to help.
"She talked to us the whole way and she just couldn't thank us enough. She was very sweet," Taetz said.
Both paramedics said they've enjoyed all of the nice comments people have left thanking them for their hard work.