The men credited with saving an elderly man’s life after a car crashed through Sam’s Club in July were honored by the Gaithersburg City Council on Monday.
U.S. Navy Ensign John Hunt and U.S. Army Lt. Wells Weymouth were presented with the Chief’s Award for their heroics on July 23.
That’s the day a vehicle crashed through a set of utility doors near the main entrance. One person was struck in the parking lot and two others were struck in the Sam’s Club food court—including a 76-year-old man who rescuers said was the most severely injured. His leg was severed below the knee.
Hunt and Weymoth, who happened to be shopping that day, quickly fashioned a makeshift tourniquet to control the bleeding and calmed the man until medics arrived. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue officials said Weymouth and Hunt’s actions in administering immediate first aid for helped save the elderly man’s life.
Gaithersburg Police Chief Mark P. Sroka presented the award.