Glen Echo Fire Department EMTs Sydney Marshall and Tom Schryver remain hospitalized after they were struck on the Beltway in Bethesda Sunday while on the scene of a previous incident. Schryver remains in intensive care, according to John Witherspoon, Jr., President of the Conduit Road (a.k.a. MacArthur Boulevard) Fire Board, Inc., and Glen Echo Fire Department.
Both personnel were struck by a truck while responding to victims of an earlier incident. The crash and its aftermath are an emotional issue for the entire staff at GEFD, Witherspoon said this morning. Marshall spent her 20th birthday in the hospital, where colleagues paid a birthday visit.
Their teammates, EMTs Meghan Quinn and Wyatt Smith, were not physically injured, but are traumatized by what they witnessed, and are doing their best to process what Witherspoon described as a "truly life-altering event and not a mere traffic accident."
Many Bethesda residents have asked how they can help the crew of Ambulance 711. Witherspoon said the department will be able to discuss what kinds of assistance would best help the team "[a]s soon as there is an opportunity to consult with the four EMTs about their preferences in this regard."
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