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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

PGFD FedEx Field Paramedics go to work after gruesome injury to player

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New York Giants offensive lineman Sean Locklear went down with a serious right knee injury on Monday Night Football against the Washington Redskins at a game played at FedEx Field in Landover, MD.  With a series of hand signals the "Field Medics" and cart were put into motion to assist the Giants medical staff in tending to the injured player and transporting him off the field.

Locklear, the Giants right tackle on Monday night, was blocking for Giants running back Andre Brown, who was coming along the edge after taking a handoff. Locklear got his leg tied up with a Redskins player as Brown passed by him and he tried to turn around. He twisted it somehow and the Giants medical personnel immediately went to the players aid.  A Giants Certified Athletic Trainer soon signaled to the "field medic" of the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department that their services would be required.

The lead field paramedic (Firefighter/Medic Captain) motioned the remainder of the field medics (2) and the field cart to make their way onto the field to the injured player.

The medics assisted the Giants physicians and trainers immobilizing the players leg, lifting him onto the cart and transporting him to the visitors locker room.  In the locker room the players injury was evaluated and treated by the Giants medical staff.  Unfortunately, the injury proved to be serious enough to require surgery and end Locklear's season.

The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department has been providing fire and emergency medical services at the stadium since its opening in the 1990's.  The placement and motion of field medics and other firefighter/medics working at the stadium are detailed in the Departments Operations Plan.  For a more detailed information about the role of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Departments at FedEx Field stadium events click here.

ESPN Website video clip demonstrates the mechanism of injury to Locklear #75.

Photo by Rick Brady

Photo by Rick Brady

Photo by Rick Brady