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Air Force Staff Sgt. Corey Czajka, cost an independent duty medical technician with the 21st Aerospace Medicine Squadron, center, prepares to roll a simulated patient onto a long backboard during a training exercise at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., July 28, 2016. Czajka used the same skills he practiced during this exercise as a real-world accident a few weeks ago when he stabilized a patient of a vehicle rollover until Colorado Springs paramedics arrived, then continued to assist them. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rose Gudex

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Aug. 16, 2016 — Typical weekends in Colorado often find family and friends taking hiking trips, mountain biking, fishing or doing other recreational adventures. On the way back from a fishing trip July 17, a few friends found their lazy Sunday drive turned into a race to save a complete stranger’s life.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Corey Czajka, an independent duty medical technician with the 21st Aerospace Medicine Squadron here, was driving home with his wife and coworker Staff Sgt. Shandy Villani when a vehicle plowed into the intersection, slamming into the car directly in front of theirs.

While the whole scene unfolded in mere seconds, Czajka said it seemed to happen in slow motion — the impact, the car being pushed through the intersection, the spin, the rollover and ultimately the car landing on its driver’s side.

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