Staff Sgt.Edgar Carachure, an instructor at the Marine Corps Cannoneer School in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, responded to a car accident on May 4, 2021 in Lawton, Oklahoma. Carachure helped care for a child who was kicked out of one of the vehicles.
FORT SILL, OKLAHOMA, (May 18, 2021) – Two Marines from the Marine Corps Cannoneer School were among at least five people responding to a three vehicle crash on May 4 at Lawton.
Master Sgt. Anthony Parker was nearby, waiting for his vehicle to prepare for a permanent change of station (PCS), when he witnessed the accident at the intersection of Quanah Parker Trailway and 82nd Street. This emerges from a communication from the Marine Artillery Detachment.
Parker ran to the scene of the accident and made a quick assessment of the first person who could safely walk away from the mutilated vehicles unassisted.
Parker continued his investigation of the accident site, smelled gasoline fumes, and saw two other passengers in a vehicle. He got through the sunroof, freed the two passengers, and led them to safety.
As Staff Sgt. Edgar Carachure approached the scene of the accident that he had safely parked and steered traffic away from the scene of the accident to make room for rescue workers. He also assessed the condition of the victims and made sure 911 had been called.
“I’ve just started helping out with everything we’re trained on here in the Marine Corps – the instinct is just getting started,” said Carachure, an instructor at the Gunnery School.
He said an accident victim did not respond and was trapped in a vehicle that rolled or overturned. Another passenger in the wrecked vehicle said a baby was ejected through the sunroof. A second child in a safety car seat was uninjured and safely removed from the vehicle.
Carachure said the emergency services did their best to calm the woman down and keep her out of shock while he looked for the missing child.
He found the child lying open on the street and made no noise. With the help of two other emergency responders, the sergeant carefully tilted the child’s head to better open the airways and listened for breathing while a second man performed chest compressions. A woman called a 911 dispatcher who informed the three of them about the care of the child.
Carachure said he didn’t know what happened or who was to blame, but that accidents could happen to even the safest of drivers, especially when other motorists are involved. He added the accident was a hard reminder for all drivers to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings, stay within the stated speed limits and not use cell phones.
“My wife is very careful with our five children. She makes sure everyone is buckled up properly. Before we go, we double and triple double-check that everyone is buckled up or seated properly in a car seat, ”said Carachure.
The sergeant continued his day and said he was feeling a little down, but his mood improved when he saw his youngest son.
“My kid, he’s my rebel and does pretty much anything he wants, but after that I thought I definitely have to appreciate him more,” said Carachure. “I’ve hugged all of my children.”
He expressed his thoughts and concerns to all those injured in the accident and hoped the baby he was caring for would be fine.
“I hope I did everything I was trained to do to help them,” said Carachure, who especially thanked others who left. “I’m grateful that other people have come out to help as it says a lot about the Lawton community.”
Editor’s Note: Parker PCS’d and was not available for interview.