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Ft. Lauderdale firefighter visiting Colorado carries woman down hiking trail after snake bite

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Firefighter Anthony Perazzelli along with roughly 30 Ft. Lauderdale firefighters were visiting the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Colorado Springs, Colorado this past weekend to honor one of their own, Lt. Kevin Johns.

The Fallen Firefighter Memorial is dedicated to professional fire fighters and emergency medical personnel who have lost their life in the line of duty.

Lt. Kevin Johns name was added to the memorial on Saturday after he was killed in September by a vehicle while changing a tire on Interstate I95 in South Florida.

According to the SunSentinel, after visiting the memorial the firefighters then went to Pulpit Rock Park where they came across a screaming 24-year-old woman named Sarah.  A rattlesnake had just bitten Sarah while she was out walking her dog. 

The quick action by Perazzelli and the other firefighters is most likely what saved Sarah’s life.  The firefighters applied a tourniquet and Perazzelli carried Sarah on his back down the hiking trail before meeting up with the Colorado Springs Fire Rescue workers who then took her to the hospital for several doses of antivenom.

Perazzelli stated, “We tried to get her out of the area without getting her too worked up.  The terrain was very rough, so I told her to grab onto my neck and I carried her down the rest of the way.”

According to Sarah’s family, she is expected to make a full recovery.

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