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I am a plain clothes law enforcement officer, and I always carry with me, in my discreet satchel, two SureFire flashlights—a G2X and an E2D LED Defender®—along with my other equipment. One morning, my wife, who was 28 weeks pregnant with twins, had her water unexpectedly break at work. She made her way to the hospital and called me to tell me to get there right away. I immediately left work and proceeded to the hospital.

The next morning the twins were born in the OR and taken to the NICU. My wife was moved from the OR to the recovery room. When she arrived at the recovery room, the medical staff checked her vital signs and discovered that she had a large pool of clotted blood in her uterus and she’d lost a significant amount of blood from an unknown area. She was in immediate need of blood and her vital signs were at a dangerous level. About 10 medical personnel were in her room, attempting to find the source of the bleeding. The doctor asked for a flashlight, as there were only overhead light sources in the recovery room, but there was no response from any of the staff. So I took my SureFire G2X out from my satchel, turned it on, and handed it to the doctor.

The doctor, along with her colleague, looked for the source of bleeding for several minutes and, in the meantime, the other medical staff began to apply pressure to the hanging IV's to get more fluid into my wife. Donor blood arrived and was transfused into my wife. Every second that went by, my wife turned paler and paler and got dizzier and dizzier. After what seemed like a lifetime, the doctor finally located the source of the bleeding—a tiny two-millimeter tear inside of my wife that needed stitches. The doctor handed my G2X to a nurse, who shined its bright beam on the tear while she stitched it up. When they were finished, my wife almost immediately began to turn her normal color and made a full recovery.

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I was visiting my brother and staying at his house in Northern California. I always pack a flashlight when I travel, and it’s usually my trusty E1L Outdoorsman. The first evening I was there, we heard a whole lot of shouting coming from my brother's neighbor’s house across the street. We both looked out the window and saw flames coming out of the neighbor’s windows. I ran across the street to find the frazzled neighbor and his hysterical wife screaming that their cat was trapped inside the burning house. The neighbor and I agreed to check the back of the house to see if we could free the cat somehow while my brother (a physician) stayed with the wife and tried to calm her down.

When we got to the back of the house, the place was still seemingly untouched. The neighbor turned on his cheap plastic flashlight, “illuminated” the scene, pronounced the scene safe, and declared that he was going inside to try and free the cat. But before he could enter, I pulled my E1L from my pocket and lit up the doorway with all 90 lumens and saw a much different picture. There was visible smoke—visible with my flashlight—seeping out from around the door frame, a sure sign of impending danger. Opening that door would have almost certainly created a “backdraft” and provided the fire inside with the oxygen it needed to flame up and take out the rest of the house—and probably the neighbor along with it.

After a brief but colorful discussion, and a gentle push or two, I was able to convince the homeowner not to enter the house. I’m convinced that this convincing saved the man’s life. Five minutes later, the fire department was on scene and able to extinguish the fire. I told one of the firemen about the smoke escaping from the backdoor, and he concurred that we almost certainly prevented a backdraft that could've ignited the rest of the house and harmed the neighbor.

As for the cat, well, the fire department found it on the first floor. It was angry and soaking wet but very much alive as they hauled it outside. It was also so freaked out that if jumped out of the fireman's arms and ran into the bushes. But not to worry, I used my handy E1L to locate it in no time, and the neighbor was able to coax it out of the bushes before handing it over to his very relieved wife. I, in turn, handed the neighbor my E1L and told him to keep it—just in case he ever needed to again shed some light on a situation before rushing in...or to find his freaked-out cat again.

Thanks, SureFire, for making the best illumination products on the market. I’m a SureFire fan forever, and I plan on replacing that E1L very soon.

J. D.
Germantown, MD

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The trauma bay is always an exciting place. A place where knowledge, skill, and time matter. A place where seconds can mean the difference between life and death. On this particular trauma the patient was intubated, a large-bore/high-flow arrow MAC central venous line was place in the right groin, bilateral chest tubes were inserted, and ATLS protocols were initiated. The patient still remained without a pulse, although mine was through the roof.

A left thoracotomy was performed which entails an incision from just inferior to the nipple along the ribs to the left flank, exposing the left chest cavity and, most importantly, the heart. Unfortunately, it was at this time that the overhead procedure light failed to function. It became obvious that the patient had suffered a gunshot wound to the heart and was bleeding out, yet I was unable to see the entrance wound in the heart, secondary to having no light. As I was calling for a new portable light I remembered my SureFire 2211® Luminox® WristLight. I clicked it on, illumined the chest cavity, opened the pericardium, and inserted a Foley catheter into the atrium.

The bleeding slowed. After a small amount of open cardiac message, the heart began to beat again. The patient had a pulse. He was immediately taken to surgery for further repair. Had we had to wait for another procedure light, the patient would have never survived. My SureFire 2211 Luminox WristLight gave me the light I needed to get the job done, saving the precious seconds needed to save the patient’s life.

Tyler K.
Chattanooga, TN

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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!

Johan H.
London, England

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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.

Chuck M.
Haines, AK

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While working in the ER, I was asked to start an IV by the ER doctor after several failed attempts by others. The patient was a 13-month-old in respiratory distress and needed a line to deliver lifesaving medication. I took off my SureFire 2211® WristLight and asked for the overhead lights to be turned off. There were a few puzzled looks, but the lights were turned off. I then placed my 2211 in the child's hand and turned it on. The 200 lumens lit up every vein in his tiny hand, enabling me to establish a 22g IV in one attempt.

The child is here today, thanks to the help of your product. It works well for establishing female urinary catheters, too, but I will spare you the details! Thanks, SureFire.

Nathan W.
Mountain Grove, MO

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My SureFire Defender® helped save a man at the sawmill I work at. A 37-year-old man got caught in a machine and got his hand and part of his arm rolled up in a sawdust tail drum. The foremen had cheap, weak flashlights—the kind powered by two D-cell batteries—which three of them were using to illuminate the scene while another foreman tried to cut the trapped man free by cutting the belt. I grabbed my SureFire Defender from my pocket and clicked it on to instantly reveal that the foreman was not just cutting the belt but also the trapped man’s wrist. After seeing this by the light of my Defender, they were able to cut him out safely just as the ambulance arrived.

Three weeks later, the then-trapped gentleman returned to the mill to say hello and heard about what had almost happened to him. He came up and personally thanked me and asked me where I got the flashlight that helped free him. I gave him my Defender, the one that saved his wrist and kept him from potentially bleeding out, and he gave me a big hug. The one funny thing about this whole incident is that, earlier that fateful night, several of my coworkers made comments about how my Defender wasn't worth the money and such a small flashlight couldn’t be that powerful. Well, within a month, almost every last one of those guys had some model of SureFire flashlight in his pocket.

Thank you, SureFire.

Anthony E.
Snohomish, WA

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My name is Scott, and I've been flying as a flight RN (registered nurse), doing helicopter rescue work for about 20 years. Part of my flight suit gear, which I never depart without, is my SureFire G2X Pro, which fits nicely in my flight suit. One evening, we had mandatory NVG (night vision goggles) recertification training, where we had to go out with the pilot and FAA Check Airman, utilizing our NVGs. My regular pilot went into a bank, and at that point, the hydraulics locked up, rendering flying the aircraft impossible. Our altitude was about 500 feet, and it didn’t take long to hit the ground. It was a hellish sound, impacting the ground, making everything black immediately. The turbine engine above me was still running but destroying itself. Both pilots were knocked unconscious and unable to shut down the aircraft.

Remembering our training on how to shut down the aircraft, I looked up for the master switch, but the entire roof was missing and there was NO switch to turn off. My second option was to find the throttle. It was pitch black in the desert and, without my SureFire flashlight, I'd never have found the throttle through the unconscious pilots and debris. I managed to roll the throttle off after finding it, and the horrid sound of the self-destroying turbine engine finally stopped. I knew that we would all live at that point.

Thank you, SureFire, for creating such a robust light. It saved all three of our lives that night—without a doubt.

Scott T.
Norman, Oklahoma

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I am an EMT-Firefighter for a small rural fire department. Early one spring morning, around 1:00 am, we got paged for a vehicle crash in our desert ambulance service area. The day before, it had been raining all day, and it was still coming down in waves throughout the night. Our dispatcher had minimal information from the patient, due to the patient being disoriented from the crash. We had multiple sheriff’s officers and two BLM officers in our 4x4 ambulances and command vehicles, all with different lighting sources, searching for the patient’s vehicle.

After what seemed like forever, I remembered I had my P3X Fury® with me and I shined it out the window of our ambulance. Within about ten minutes, I had located the vehicle by the reflection of the license plate and marker lights in a ravine about 500 yards away. When we got to them, I put my Fury under a bag on the hood and it illuminated the entire scene for our extrication. Every LEO on that call was blown away by my light, and I'm sure a few of them went out to buy one shortly thereafter. We were able to safely locate our two patients and extricate them (one of which had three aortic tears and a pneumonia thorax) thanks to my light.

I never leave without my SureFire light on my side. Thank you, SureFire.

Steven B.
Grand Junction, Colorado

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It was 3 a.m., September 12th, 2005, nearly two weeks after Katrina had devastated New Orleans, and our animal rescue vehicle was flagged over by a New Orleans police officer. I thought he might ask for our credentials or force us to turn back to the emergency animal shelter, but instead he begged us to go into the darkest, most devastated area in the city in search of his dogs. While he was sworn to protect the public during this time of crisis, we were the only people who could help reunite his family.

We waded through the flood waters for over an hour, led by a solid beam of light from my SureFire flashlight, which cut through absolute darkness. As I neared the address the officer had given us, the toxic floodwater rose to my chest. When our team finally found his house, our hearts sank—it was clear that water had nearly submerged the entire two-story structure at one point. As we broke down the door, we braced ourselves for a grim scene. Sadly, we found the remains of two dogs floating inside the home. I began searching frantically for a third body when, to my surprise, I shined my light on the eyes of a large German Shepherd mix balancing precariously on the two-inch ledge of a sealed window. He had obviously been perched there above the water for some time. A wash of pure joy spread over his face when this canine survivor saw our team and the salvation we represented. Reuniting this dog with his human guardian was a proud moment that will remain with me for the rest of my life.

Unfortunately, I lost my SureFire flashlight the very next day as I watched it sink into the floodwater while rescuing a mamma pit-bull and her pups from a rooftop. During my 23-year-long career in animal protection, I have led the rescue of tens of thousands of animals. And a SureFire flashlight has been the guiding light on the vast majority of those rescues.

Scott H. – President of Animal Rescue Corps
Takoma Park, MD

While moving the boat from Comptroller Bay to Hinchinbrook Island, in the Gulf of Alaska, during a brown bear hunt, everything went wrong all at once. The weather changed, so I could not see the shoreline, the GPS died, and the wind picked up to about 35 knots. The boat got too close to the beach, and we got into breaking waves, where we rolled three times, with the mast hitting the water. A roll of line then fell into the water and fouled the propeller. We wound up on the outside beach of Hinchinbrook, forced into the rocks, and the boat went aground in a spot that was not very wide at all. We put out a May Day, and the coast guard sent a helicopter for the rescue.

When the helicopter got close, I could see his spotlight, but they could not see us, so I fired a flare at the helicopter and told them to look for it, but they did not see the flare. It was raining hard, with high winds and 15-foot breaking waves on the beach. Thankfully, I had my SureFire 6P® Original in my pocket, so I took it out and told the helicopter pilot over the radio that I would shine it at them. As soon as I did, the pilot replied, “We see you!”

The beach was too small for the helicopter to land, so we all got the full basket-ride treatment. Thankfully, no one was hurt and we all made it to safety, courtesy of my SureFire showing the rescue team the way.

Jose P.
Kodiak, AK

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While peacock bass fishing on the Rio Negro River, in the Amazon of Brazil, a couple of friends wrangled a 10-foot crocodile onto the bass boat. The guides had been noose-ing the crocs and then tying their jaws shut, putting them on the bass boats and bringing them back to the lodge so the guest could take photos with them. In this case, they had tied a bandana around the croc’s jaws, and it came loose. The croc slammed is jaws down on my friend Clay’s arm and drug him into the water, then began his death roll. The guide and Clay’s buddy from Texas were able to free Clay, but his arm was nearly detached and he was bleeding badly by the time they freed him.

My wife, who’s an ER nurse practitioner, was sitting by the pool at the main lodge when the frantic screams came over the handheld radio the camp manager was holding. She led a team (thankfully, there were also a couple surgeons in the camp who showed up), and they were able to finally stop the bleeding, but Clay was in shock and near death. They performed their first aid in a mud hut, surrounded by villagers and a screaming monkey, aided in part by the light of my two SureFire Aviator® flashlights.

It was clear that Clay needed blood to survive, as he was in shock and had nearly bled out. It was now fully dark, and there was no air support available. The nearest was two hours away downriver, reachable only by boat. So we loaded Clay onto the bass boat, my pair of Aviators in guides’ hands, and he was taken downriver to the clinic, where he received a pint of universal donor blood—just as he was about to go into cardiac arrest. That stabilized him enough to get him to Manaus, the nearest city, by plane, where he ultimately lost his arm but kept his life. He is now happily farming peanuts in Texas and even returned to fish the Rio Negro again the following year!

I never saw my Aviators again—they must have ended up with the guides—but they certainly pulled their weight that night. Thanks to their heroic efforts, and the heroic efforts of everyone else involved that night, a man’s life was saved in the wilds of Amazonia.

Paul S.
Liberty Lake, WA

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I joined the Royal Thai Army Reserve Force (ARFS) and had just come back from the annual field exercise as a student platoon leader of 55 men. During the second night of the exercise, we were performing night combat and explosives tactics. During the session, I noticed that one of my teammates had fainted.

I pulled out my G2X Pro from my pocket and lit up its low-output mode in the total darkness. The guy had signs of hyperventilation, so we gave him first aid by taking off some of his clothes and giving him some water. One of my men and I carried him to the standby ambulance, and I used my G2X to light up the path. With its 200 lumens of bright light, I could easily spot the ambulance parked 400 meters away. As we marched back to our rest area, an instructor summoned me and asked to take a look at my flashlight. It was the brightest one he had ever seen, and he was surprised by its small size.

Thank you, SureFire. My mate was able to return to the training due to the immediate medical attention he received because your product made it so much easier to get him to the ambulance.

Prert S.
Kratumban, Thailand

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One night, at approximately 0230 hours, I was on the way home from my patrol shift when I observed a bicyclist lose control of his bicycle while going downhill at a high rate of speed. He fell off, hit the pavement head first, and laid there motionless. Due to the time of day and poor lighting, it was hard to see the extent of his injuries while on the phone with 911, so I retrieved the SureFire R1 Lawman from my gear bag and was able to tell the dispatcher that the bicyclist was bleeding from the head and mouth. More importantly, I was able to warn oncoming traffic by strobing the light at them. Even then a vehicle came within 50 feet of running over the downed bicyclist but swerved out of the way just in time.

The bicyclist was still unconscious by the time police and fire arrived, and I was able to assist by illuminating the area while paramedics assessed his injuries and loaded him onto a spine board to transport to a local hospital. I firmly believe that, had it not been for the 750-lumen max output of that SureFire R1 Lawman, the vehicle that came so close to running over the downed bicyclist over would have done just that. Thanks for making such excellent products.

Randy C.
San Dimas, CA

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A few years ago, I relocated to a small Caribbean island as a medical volunteer. One night, during a torrential downpour, a soldier from the national army came banging on my tent. He was fully armed and sporting a Vietnam-era M16 and surplus fatigues. His squad vehicle had hit a mudflow a few kilometers away, and there were some injuries. I quickly grabbed my emergency go-bag and SureFire E2L LED Defender® to follow him down the dirt road.

No more than a few meters out of the village, he turned off the road and into the jungle. He was using some cheap, no-good flashlight that was barely powerful enough to light up a bathroom medicine cabinet. I pulled out my Defender and it lit up the jungle like it was the Fourth of July. He looked at my light like he was in shock—as though he’d never seen anything so bright. We heard screaming in the distance. He had been leading me in the wrong direction with his weak flashlight, but his comrades saw the 200-lumen beam from my Defender and found us, taking us to the accident scene.

At the scene, it looked as though the vehicle had been picked up and slammed against a tree. Seven soldiers were riding in compact pickup truck that could only seat three inside. One man was barely clinging on to life: he’d been carrying his bayonet, without a scabbard, tucked into his belt and during the crash cut the femoral artery on the inside of his thigh. The artery had only been nicked, but he was losing blood rapidly, and the only hospital on the island was over 50 km away. I had to suture it immediately, so, in the pitch-black darkness of a tropical rainforest, without even the light of the moon, I handed my Defender to a corporal to hold overhead and went to work closing that artery and stopping the bleeding.

The 200 lumens of my SureFire E2DL saved that man’s life that night, both by getting me to the scene in time and by providing enough light to do what was needed to stop the bleeding.

Christopher P.
South Gate, CA

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I work as a Parking Enforcement Officer. On the job, I get a lot of grief from my fellow workers, who rag on me because I'm a big proponent of EDC (Every Day Carry), and they think it's pointless to carry around a bunch of gear that “you'll never need.” Well, on one sweltering day I was on foot, patrolling downtown. I noticed one car illegally parked in a handicap zone in front of a bank, so I walked over to write it a ticket. To my horror, I heard crying inside the car, and when I looked inside, there was a toddler strapped in a car seat, sweating profusely in the 90+ degree weather—and that was outside the car.

Concerned for the welfare of the child, I ran into the bank and found the mother. She was depositing a check and was planning to be in and out. When we got back to the car the mother was frantic. She was looking for her keys for what seemed an eternity when she realized the worst: she had locked them inside the car. I suggested that she call a tow truck while I radioed for a paramedic. At this point it had been well over 10 minutes in the blistering heat, and all the EMTs were tied up because of the heat wave, and the tow truck was nowhere to be found.

Realizing we couldn’t wait any longer, I took out my SureFire Pen I (EWP-01) that I usually use to fill out citations and told everyone to back away. I used its window-breaker tailcap to smash the driver’s side window out and opened the door to remove the toddler and hand him to his relieved mother. The EMT showed up almost 20 minutes later, and they checked out the toddler to find that he was fortunately okay. I got a cheer from the small crowd that had gathered around the scene, and later a special commendation at work.

All in all, I was just doing my job when something out of the ordinary happened, and thanks to quick thinking and my SureFire Pen, a potentially deadly incident was averted. It’s not often that a “meter maid” gets praise from strangers for doing their job. Thanks, SureFire.

Dominic C.
San Rafael, CA

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I’m an over-the-road truck driver, and I was rolling westbound across Kansas, on I-70, just past Salina, when I saw a blink of a red light down in a ravine, about 300 feet down. I pulled over and grabbed my big 3,000,000-candela flashlight and headed down the ravine, where I discovered a wreck. Just as I reached the bottom of the ravine, my big light died on me. Luckily, I had my SureFire E2D LED Defender® in my pocket.

I found a driver pinned in a jeep; he had clearly rolled it a few times. I helped him get out of the jeep and pulled him to a safe place before climbing back up the ravine to my truck to get a blanket. I had already called for help, so I took the blanket back down and covered up the driver and stayed with him until help came. Then I climbed back up, using my Defender to light the way, to help the police and EMTs.

A state trooper thanked me and told me it was a good thing I found him, because as badly cut up as he was and as cold as it was, he would’ve surely died by morning. I owe my safety and that driver’s life to my Defender, and I never leave home without it.

Roger L.
Chubbuck, ID

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Last year I embarked on what I had expected to be the best hunting trip of my life. The destination was the wilderness of Alaska, to bag a colossal moose. It was day seven of the seven-day hunt, and I had nothing to show for it. I’d been hunting alongside my brother for the past six days, along with a guide. Feeling like I’d gotten a good feel for the lay of the land, I told the guide to take my brother with him and I would go off on my own. We had walkie-talkies that had a range of five miles, which I felt like was plenty.

Well, as evening turned to night I knew I had to get back to camp soon. I had my trusty SureFire flashlight, given to me by my wife, with me to guide me home. The only problem was that I’d ventured off the beaten path and was unable to find my way back. I turned on my radio and tried calling for assistance, but neither the guide nor my brother answered. Frantically I tried every station but nobody answered. With only a day’s worth of food, I knew I couldn't survive too long with the freezing temperatures every night.

Two days later, as I was still trying to find my way back to camp, I heard a rolling thunder in the distance: it was a search-and-rescue helicopter. I feverishly thought of what I could do to make myself more noticeable and decided to give my Surefire flashlight a try, even though it was broad daylight. The thick woods were blocking me from the helicopter, but I trusted my flashlight to cut through the trees and get the attention of the search-and-rescue team. I waved the flashlight, pointing the beam at the helicopter, and to my amazement, the helicopter quickly spotted me. Believe me when I say that that rescue was the happiest moment of my life. If it hadn’t been for my SureFire flashlight and its radiant beam, I may have not made it out of those woods. I thank my wife every time I go hunting for purchasing that SureFire flashlight for me.

Michael N.
Fresno, TX

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Working nights as a Paramedic in a fast paced environment, you’ve really got to be ready for anything. One day, “anything” happened to be a large male that overdosed on prescription Valium and was well on his way to respiratory arrest. To make matters worse, the power was out in his home, and not one firefighter or police officer on scene had a decent flashlight. We were quickly running out of time before our patient would be in a full respiratory arrest and we would have an even bigger problem on our hands.

Luckily, a coworker had introduced me to SureFire flashlights after seeing me carry around the infamous and bulky light I’d been issued that was rarely reliable and never bright enough. I reached back past the pager on my belt, deployed my SureFire E2D LED Defender®, and lit the entire room up by shinning it straight up at the white ceiling. With our new, reliable light source, we were able to intubate our patient and start an I.V. to administer the necessary drugs to save the man’s life. We quickly loaded him onto the stretcher and moved him out of the house while ventilating with one hand and using the SureFire to guide our way out. We eventually made it to the hospital with no further incident, and our patient made a full recovery.

Thanks, SureFire, for saving the day.

Matt L.
Flowood, MS

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It was a lazy Sunday afternoon, and my wife and I were finishing up watching football on TV. I started to watch a movie, and she went to the bedroom to lie down for a while. About 15 minutes later, I noticed that the paint on the walls of my apartment was bubbling, and before I could even get up to investigate, fire suddenly bolted out from the wall and then down from the ceiling.

I ran and grabbed my wife to get her out. Once safely in the parking lot, we realized that the roof above our unit and the apartment below us were engulfed in flames—and that our puppy, the newest member of our family, was crying out, still locked in his cage. I couldn’t just leave him behind, so I ran back in and kicked the door open. Black smoke rushed out. I grabbed the pair of SureFire G2 flashlights I’d earlier set on the coffee table and, after turning them both on, used one to prop the door open and the other to search for the dog.

I grabbed him and a few other important things and tried to leave, but the smoke got even more intense. With my adrenaline pumping and all of the smoke and heat, I lost my way. That’s when I saw the bright light of the G2 holding the door open. I went toward it, almost tripping on collapsed roof supports several times, but I literally ran toward the light and out the apartment.

Everyone survived, including our pup, and two days later I went back into the apartment to collect the things that weren’t destroyed. There wasn’t much, but one of the things that did survive was the G2 I stuck under the door to keep it open. The tailcap and bezel were melted, but, sure enough, the light still worked after popping a new set of batteries in it.

We've since moved to a new home, and in EVERY room there is at least one SureFire. Most are LEDs, except for the two original G2s, which remind me every day how they helped me and our puppy get out safely.

Andrew A.
Dallas, TX

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I work as a paramedic in a large city where the crime rate is fairly high. I never run a call without my Surefire LX2 LumaMax® on me. At approx 2:00 a.m. one Saturday morning, my squad was dispatched to a call for a psych patient who was off of his medication and becoming aggressive toward his wife. I arrived to find the 44-year-old schizophrenic patient who was hearing voices and yelling at his wife and the voices.

I called for the police to respond, for our safety, and was told they were so busy that it would take a while. My partner and I attempted to calm the patient down, but that would only last so long before the voices took over. As time passed, the patient became more and more restless. I kept checking for the cops; 45 minutes had passed, and they still hadn't arrived. All of a sudden, the patient stated, “I know how I’m going to handle this,” and I got the feeling that something wasn’t right. He got up and quickly moved to the kitchen, which was completely dark due to the lack of lighting. I got up and followed him and could see that he had something in his hand.

I shined my LX2 on the counter and saw that he had a large kitchen knife in his hand and was making a motion as though he were going to stab himself. I yelled at him, he looked up at me, and lunged at me with the knife from about five feet away. I raised my LX2 and fired the light directly into his eyes, catching him off guard and starling him. To my amazement, he dropped the knife and backed himself into the fridge. His wife came running in to help calm him down, and this time it worked.

Ever since I purchased my first SureFire, friends and family have mocked me for spending that much on a flashlight. Now I tell them how my SureFire saved my life, which shuts them up quick. Thank you for making such a brilliant, dependable light that also serves as a backup self-defense tool—and for saving my life.

Steve L.
Waukesha, WI

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The city braced itself as a category-four hurricane headed in our direction. We made preparations and stayed in our home while the storm raged just outside. Three hours into the storm we heard cries for help, so we opened our door to try to help. It was pitch black and only the occasional lightning bolt illuminated the sky, showing us large debris flying around and downed power lines. It was too dangerous to go outside in the dark, so my father handed me the SureFire E1B Backup® and took out his E2D Defender® for himself. We headed outside, despite the efforts of my wife to keep us inside. Our lights cut through the darkness and showed us the true nature of the storm. We made our way to the neighbor's home, where a little girl had been cut severely by glass from a broken window. Thanks to our SureFire illumination tools, we were able to tend to the child and save her life.Thank you, SureFire, for making such rugged flashlights.

Kevin S.
Houston, TX

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I was driving through Washington DC on I-95 at about 8 p.m. Traffic was moving well, and I was making great time, until I came across a wreck on the highway. I scooted past it and saw two cars that had just been in an accident. Being an ever-prepared Good Samaritan, I pulled over, grabbed my roadside emergency bag from the back of the car (containing some screwdrivers, a first-aid kit, and, of course, my SureFire E2L Outdoorsman, and headed toward the accident.

I made my way to the second car, an SUV that had been flipped onto its side, trapping the older woman driver inside. I could see through the windshield that she had a head wound that was bleeding pretty badly, and she was starting to panic, so I grabbed the hardest object I could find my SureFire Outdoorsman and started trying to bash in the back windshield. After a few good blows, the windshield shattered. I coaxed the woman out, put on a pair of rubber gloves, and examined her head. The wound wasn't as bad as it looked, but I was concerned about the possibility of brain damage, so I did a quick pupil-dilation test, which requires a flashlight. I had my doubts that my SureFire would still work after using it as a smashing tool, but, much to my surprise, it lit right up and worked as if nothing had ever happened. The woman turned out to be okay and was rushed off in an ambulance. In the meantime, my SureFire continued to work at the scene, directing traffic until the local police arrived. I'm certain that woman would've remained trapped in that car until the cops arrived if it weren't for me and my SureFire.

Nicholas L.
New Rochelle, NY

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Less than a week after receiving an L4 LumaMax® and a Kroma® in the mail, they both proved invaluable in assisting an injured motorist in the dead of night. I was driving on a major highway, coming home late one night, when a car in front of me lost control, rolled multiple times, and collided head-on with a disabled flatbed on the side of the road. I pulled over immediately. When I ran to the scene of the crash, others were trying desperately to peer into the upturned car, looking for survivors, but without any light they could not see anything. My L4 changed that immediately. With its wide, bright beam, I was able to quickly locate a passenger in the back seat and see he was still conscious, albeit with a badly broken leg. He told us there were two more people in the front of the car, and I was able to locate both of them with the L4.

With horror, I realized they were hopelessly pinned inside the car, and neither was breathing or had a pulse. With gasoline and oil spilling from the car's mangled engine, we decided to extricate the lone survivor before the situation worsened. Holding back the passenger's wrecked door, I held my L4 on the scene as others pulled him from the smoking wreckage. In the meantime I'd given my Kroma, set with its red surrounding LEDs and its main beam on, to another good Samaritan to wave off traffic coming around the bend. When firefighters arrived on the scene, a number were without lights, so I lent them my flashlights. Thanks for designing flashlights that perform so well even under such terrible circumstances. Every motorist should have at least one SureFire in his or her glove box at all times.

Evan C.
McLean, VA

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I worked late one evening and was car-jacked in the parking lot. He forced me into the trunk of my car. I was scared and on the verge of panic. Luckily, my Surefire E1B Backup® was in my purse. I turned my flashlight on with no plan other than to not be in the dark in the trunk of a moving car anymore. With the light of my Backup, I noticed that the taillights could be removed. I couldn't pull the taillight through, so I bashed a hole through the assembly, using the bezel of my E1B. Then I shined my light's tight beam through the hole and at the windshields of any cars driving behind us. Several drivers noticed the light and dialed 911. Moments later, the police boxed the car in at a traffic light, while I screamed from inside of the trunk. The police took the carjacker into custody. I was very grateful to them and just as grateful that I'd had my SureFire flashlight with me that night.

Angela M.
East Syracuse, NY

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I'm an EMT, and I work in a small town in South Dakota. One night I was on call in the "city," which has a population of 1,500 people. At 1:30 a.m., after an uneventful day, I was in the ambulance station, preparing to go to sleep. The town was dead, and the only people moving around where the bar-goers, getting the last of their fill before the 2:00 a.m. closures.

Just as I was about to turn in, I heard a loud "thud." Different crashes make different sounds: rollovers make a crushing and tearing sound, while cars vs. buildings make a dull, hollow "thud." When I ran outside to determine the source of the noise, it was exactly as I'd feared. There was a car about a block away that had crashed into a concrete building. I ran to the accident scene and, using my SureFire 6P® LED flashlight [superseded by the 6PX_Tactical - Ed.], peered inside the car. The 6P's bright beam illuminated a middle-aged male slumped over the wheel, dual air bag deployed, and the driver's side of the car was up against the building. All the doors were locked on the passenger side, and the front part of the car was totaled.

I ran to my car to get my EMS bag and tried to call dispatch for backup. Due to problems with the radio system radio coverage had been spotty all day in our area I was was only able to get through to dispatch once. For the time being, I was truly alone with just me, my equipment bag, and my 6P. I shattered the back window with my window punch, but the window remained in place. So I used my 6P to bash in the window and remove any remaining pieces of glass. Backup arrived shortly thereafter, and the patient was loaded into the ambulance and taken to the hospital. He was later released, with no long-term injuries. The only battle scars on my 6P were two small scratches on the bezel. Thanks, SureFire. I will trust no other flashlight company in my profession.

James D.
Sioux Falls, SD

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Every night I take a walk with my mom and my dog, and I always carry my SureFire LX2 with me. I usually just use it for lighting up any dog waste I might step on, or just to light up the sidewalk. I thought maybe I blew almost $200 on a light that could do the same job as a cheap D-cell light; however, one night proved me wrong. My mom was walking in the middle of the road, and there was a sports car that didn't have its headlights turned on. The car sped up and almost crashed into my mom until I lit up the car with 200 lumens of blinding light and yelled "STOP!" That night my LX2 literally saved my mom's life.

Timothy L.
Arcadia, CA

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It was 5:00 a.m., and I'd just gotten off work, after an exhausting 14-hour shift. I was on the freeway, heading north, when the next thing I knew, I'd drifted off the pavement. As I frantically tried to steer myself back onto the pavement, I over corrected, causing my Honda to flip twice and land upside down.Pinned and unable to move, I'd lost all feeling in my legs. To make matters worse, my car was obstructed from view by high brush and its headlights no longer worked, so I was invisible from the freeway. I was able to reach the horn, but this proved unsuccessful the battery had evidently come disconnected. I screamed and yelling at passing cars for about 15 minutes before realizing that my U2 Ultra was in my pocket. So I managed to pull it from my pocket and began flashing an S.O.S. to a passing car. The car pulled over, and the driver called for an ambulance. I suffered a broken hip, a dislodged femur, a fractured fibula and tibia, some broken ribs, and a few cuts and bruises. There's no doubt in my mind that my SureFire saved my life that dark morning the driver who saved me told me he was blinded by the light and had to pull over to see what it was. Boy, am I glad he did. Thank you, Surefire, for making such a great product!

Xuan N.
Garden Grove, CA

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I'm a bouncer at a bar, and I find myself using my E2D LED Defender® flashlight all the time. One night I was checking IDs, when a customer came inside and said there was a fight out in the parking lot. I ran outside to find one customer pummeling another. I separated them, grabbed the guy being pummeled, and started escorting him to the bar. Just as I got to the door, the guy I left behind yells, "Hey, I'm not playing!" followed by the all-too-familiar sound of a pump shotgun being cocked. I grabbed my Defender and shined it directly into his eyes from about 25 feet. He immediately took one hand off his gun to shield his eyes, allowing me and the other guy to rush into the bar and call the police. I'm pretty sure the moment that blinding beam bought me, saved my life. Thanks, SureFire.

Dustin B.
Kalispell, MT

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After graduating college in May of 2010, a good friend and mentor thought he and I should plan an afternoon hike, where he could show me the ins and outs of orienteering. This was something I had no experience in, so I liked the idea. We ended up going in mid-August to a very large national park a couple of hours from where we live, and we chose a large section of the park that had no marked trails. We started our hike at noon, and in a few hours we realized we'd bitten off more than we could chew. The terrain in this part of the park is quite rough, and it was nearly 100° F outside. It was probably a combination of my inexperience, my friend being out of practice, and plain old Murphy's Law, but this 24-year-old recent college graduate and a 63-year-old man with a bad ankle ended up lost in the middle of a very large national park with a five-mile-long ridgeline of 100-foot cliff blocking the direction we needed to go. To top that off, a thunderstorm, the likes of which I've never experienced firsthand, just happened to roll up on us.

By the time we realized we were spending the night in the woods, we were drenched to the bone as well as the gear we had. Then night fell. Out of all the gear I'd wished I'd taken, I couldn't have been happier that I had my E2D LED Defender®. Its blinding light lit the way to the safest campsite we could find, helped us get a fire lit, and even aided in dispatching a curious varmint that came sniffing at my head while I tried to sleep on the wet ground. It never left my hand until the sun came up the next day. I am 100% convinced that we might not have made it out of those woods safely had I not had my SureFire with me. Thanks for a die-hard reliable product I KNOW I can count on.

Adam L.
Madison, AL

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I am a truck driver, and I was the first responder to an accident that happened in Kansas on Interstate 70. About 4:00 a.m. I saw a faint red light down the ravine about 200 ft., so I pulled over to inspect. Using my "three-million-candlepower" flashlight in the truck, I saw that it was a jeep in the ravine, so I called 911, and after I talked to them I went down the ravine to determine if there were any casualties. When I got to the bottom of the ravine my big flashlight died, and I had to use my E2D LED Defender®, which I always carry in my pocket for emergencies. I used this flashlight to check on the lone injured driver and then to get back to the top of the ravine to bring him some blankets because it was freezing out. I got back to the ravine using the Defender to light my path, and I waited for the emergency crew to arrive. I also used it to signal the rescuers to the accident location when they arrived. Without my Defender, I could have failed to save that driver's life.

Roger L.
Chubbuck, ID

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I often go walking late at night; I enjoy the cool, calm air and the peace and quiet. One night, I was out for a stroll, my SureFire E2D LED Defender® and my laser pointer in my pocket, when I came upon a group of four males, all 18-20 years old, harassing and annoying a young lady. I shouted at them and told them to leave the woman alone. Two of them stopped the woman from leaving, and the other two approached me. As the two males approached me, it was clear they were looking for confrontation. So I immediately drew my E2D LED with my right hand, held it like a pistol, and blasted out its max output. This really made them stop in their tracks. Then I pulled out my laser pointer and pointed that at them. The two males were dazzled, shocked, and had to sit down to absorb what had just happened. I then approached the two males who were continuing to harass and annoy the young women. I was concerned this was a potential rape in the making. After seeing what had happened to their chums, they said, "We're not looking for any trouble," and became very passive. I said, "That's funny, because before I pulled out my torch and laser pointer, you were itching for a fight, and were hassling this lady."

The males ran off, and I helped the lady back to her house. She said to me, "That was incredible, like something out of a movie." I replied, "These things don't always have such a good ending. I will be reporting this to the police; they just walked right under a CCTV camera at the library." Before waving goodbye, the lady asked what make of torch I had. I said, "SureFire." She didn't even mention the laser pointer.

Peter G.
Longniddry, UK

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I am a paramedic who splits his time between two jobs. The first is performing critical care inter-facility transports for a large urban health system, and the second is as a 911 paramedic in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Some time ago I purchased your L4 Digital LumaMax®. I have to admit, the light seemed to carry a hefty price tag relative to other tactical illuminators on the market; however, the cheaper models were just not holding up, and I rely on my flashlight in some pretty unusual circumstances. But after the events of this evening, I would gladly pay twice the asking price for this light.

On the way back from a call, my partner and I were flagged down by several people who reported that a local man was trapped under some wreckage in a salvage yard. Apparently he'd been searching through a pile of scrap metal when the pile gave way. He fell from the heap and became pinned down, face down, under a car chassis, a steel I-beam, a boiler casing, and various other metal objects. It was a major rescue operation to free the man, who easily had a ton of wreckage on top of him. The rescue involved a heavy rescue company, a specialized structure collapse unit, and many additional engines and ladders.The firefighters were using a brand of flashlight geared toward the emergency response community, but these lights were like dim candles. So, out popped my L4. It was the smallest light on scene, but also the brightest, so the vast portion of the rescue operation was performed while illuminated by my flashlight. Numerous police officers and firefighters commented of the brightness of the light during the rescue. In fact, the only brighter lights on the scene was the one connected directly to a portable generator and the 5,000,000 candlepower search light on the helicopter above us--but neither of these units were available until near the end of the operation. My L4 remained at near full intensity for the entire 90 minute operation without any noticeable reduction in output. Keep up the good work, SureFire. I can't see myself ever buying another brand of flashlight again.

Eric R.

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The E2D Defender® is by far the best SureFire flashlight I've ever owned. It has been on my person every since the day I purchased it, and even when I sleep it is on my nightstand. Naturally, when the E2DL came out I had to get my hands on one. The 120 lumens its LED produces on high is great for doing all sorts of activities where more light is required. And the five lumens of output it generates on low is great for reading maps and general use around the home.

I like to jog at night, and I've always carried my E2D with me when I jog, but now I carry my E2DL. While jogging one night, I was attacked by a homeless person who seemed like he was on some sort of narcotic. He grabbed on to my reflective arm band as I ran past him and held on tightly. With my other hand, I reached into my shorts' pocket and pulled out my E2DL. I hit his hand with the E2DL's crenellated Strike Bezel®, and he released my arm band. Then I quickly shined the light in his eyes, disorienting him, and when he raised his hands to cover his eyes, I hit him in his forehead with the bezel, knocking him to the ground. A Good Samaritan spotted me in distress and helped me hold down the suspect until the police arrived. When the police arrived, they were curious about the odd shape on the suspect's forehead. I showed them the E2DL, and they instantly knew it was a SureFire they even asked me when the LED model of the E2D came out. Thank you, SureFire, for making quality products that I can depend on when my life is on the line.

Eric M.
Bronx, NY

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