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Two honored for their attempt to save Navy Yard shooting victim

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Noah Smith receives award for his actions during the Washington Navy Yard shooting Noah Smith receives award for his actions during the Washington Navy Yard shooting
Laurie Flaherty Laurie Flaherty
WASHINGTON -

The American Ambulance Association on Tuesday night gave two emergency medical service staffers awards for risking their lives to try to save a man found unconscious outside the Navy Yard the day of the shooting. 13 people were killed, including the shooter.

Laurie Flaherty is an emergency trauma nurse. Noah Smith is an emergency medical technician. Both work for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as EMS staffers.

On the day of the Navy Yard shooting, they left the comfort of their offices across M Street from the Navy Yard to help a man they saw lying on the street. At first they thought he had a heart attack. But Smith says they quickly realized he had been shot, and they tried to stop the bleeding and administered CPR.

The victim, Vishnu Pandit, later died.

But the American Ambulance Association says their efforts were heroic, and honored them at a dinner at a downtown hotel for their quick response and fearless action.

Smith says they didn't realize they were at risk. He says others at the scene were more heroes than he was, like MPD officers and firefighters, who rushed into a volatile situation to help strangers.


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