Motorcycle Crash Hero Receives Award

By Scott Sarvay
By Megan Trent

July 19, 2011 Updated Jul 19, 2011 at 6:45 PM EDT

WARSAW, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A former Marine was honored by the Kosciusko Sheriff Tuesday morning for saving the lives of two motorcycle crash victims.

Last week, 21-year-old Stephen Wilson used onlookers' belts and a corn stalk to create a tourniquet to save the life of Terri Penrod who lost the bottom half of her left leg in the crash.

The Kosciusko County Sheriff says Wilson's quick thinking most likely saved her life and that of her riding partner.

Each lost pints and pints of blood at the scene, after a car hit them.

Stephen Wilson says, “I asked everybody, I said I needed two belts. So two gentlemen took off their belts. I said I needed a rod or a stick or something to use so another gentleman grabbed a corn stalk out of a corn field and I made a tourniquet. Got the bleeding to stop and once the bleeding was stopped I stayed with her and kept her calm, kept her mind off of what was going on and kept her from going into shock.”

The two women continue to recover from their injuries.

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