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Hawaii Guardsman among injured at air show; others assist

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:42 p.m. HST, Sep 17, 2011

A Hawaii Air National Guardsman was injured by debris from a deadly plane crash at an air show in Reno, Nev., while several other Hawaii Guardsmen assisted with casualties, a National Guard spokesman said.

The guardsman was watching the air show from the audience, close to the impact zone, when he was injured. He was treated at a hospital and released, said Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Chuck Anthony. No other soldiers in the Hawaii crew were hurt.

The injured man is one of about a dozen Hawaii Air National Guardsmen from the 204th Airlift Squadron who are on the mainland for a routine airlift mission. They were at the air show displaying their aircraft, the C-17 Globemaster III, when the crash occurred.

"They quickly sprang into action to help with many of the victims," Anthony said. He said some of Guardsmen are trained medical personnel in their civilian lives, such as a doctor and a medic, and provided triage and first aid for victims. Others transported victims away from the crash site.

"Everybody was basically there to pitch in, do what they could," Anthony said.

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