I carry my EB1 Backup® EVERYWHERE. One night, we were working on a bridge that spans a large river. We were replacing boat navigation lights, so all we had were our helmet lights, which were underpowered for the task at hand. I figured we’d be done in an hour or so, so I just got on with it. Well, about 30 minutes into the shift, I heard a gurgling sound. I looked down toward the direction of the sound but couldn’t see anything peculiar. The river often plays tricks on your mind, so I took little notice of it. But then, all of a sudden, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up, so I instinctively reached for my EB1, shined it in the direction of the gurgle. “Man in the water!” I shouted as I noticed what looked like the top of someone’s head bobbing along the river. Luckily, we had a rescue boat on standby, which was quickly mobilized and successfully recovered the man. The police were surprised that we could identify the man so quickly, given our weak headlamps. When I showed the officer my EB1 he was surprised by the light output, given its tiny size.
About a month later, the rescued man came to personally thank me. He had been going through some very hard times and had decided to take his own life, which he said he regretted as soon as he hit that cold river water! He, too, was surprised that I could spot him so quickly in the water. I told him that he had two things on his side that night: a big bald head that was easy to spot, and my EB1 Backup. He and I have since become great friends. Like me, he now carries an EB1 everywhere he goes. And we’ve both joined our local search-and-rescue team!
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I am an EMT with the Haines Vol. Fire Dept. in Haines, Alaska, and had an ambulance call for a woman in her 60s who was having a heart attack or cardiac event. She was on the floor clutching her chest, and I was attempting to start an IV line so we could administer cardiac drugs, but the lady was very obese in the arms and it was not working well. Her heart rate was 32 bpm, and her blood pressure was very low. We needed to get a vein quickly or she would probably die.
Out of pure desperation, I grabbed my SureFire Backup® flashlight and held the lens to the fleshy area of the bend of her elbow—just like when a child will put a flashlight in a hand or mouth to get that orange glow. It worked, and I could see a vein through her fatty flesh. I held my Backup in place as my partner got the IV in place on the Illuminated vein and then administered the needed cardiac drugs and stabilized the woman. Without my SureFire Backup, that woman might very well have died. Now I teach this little trick to new EMTs and tell them the story of how it saved that woman’s life.
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Hurricane Sandy was devastating my neighborhood, and it was time to obey the warnings and leave. High winds and pounding rain made it very dangerous for everyone, and fireman and police officers were mostly using flares at intersections because of power outages and their flashlights dying in the downpour. I gave my two SureFire E1B (now EB1) Backup® flashlights and a 12 pack of SureFire batteries to two officers helping cars get past some downed, sparking power wires. They wanted to pay me for them, but I, of course, refused and told them to stay safe. I was leaving the area for safety, but the police had to stay and keep things safe. I knew there was no way those lights would fail them, not even in a hurricane.
East Syracuse, NY